Journalist Bill Mitchell's job is to chronicle the lives of the people who inhabit the landscape he loves - the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. His magazine, The Dalesman, has a circulation of 56,000 but it is estimated to be read by more than half a million people every month. These readers are scattered not just throughout Yorkshire, but can be found in Bhutan and the Falklands. Now, after forty years as reporter and editor, Bill Mitchell - one of the best-loved characters - is to retire. Alan Bennett narrates and Richard Whiteley reports on Bill's travels as he meets shepherds, farmers and other true Dales folk.
This documentary is part of the Yorkshire Television Destination Mexico series which was first transmitted in the summer of 1968. This episode focuses on the show jumper Harvey Smith who, it was expected, would be selected for the Olympic Games in Mexico of that year. It mainly features Harvey Smith talking about his horses, his training methods and various aspects of his career and life, as well as interviews with others who know him.
This is a Yorkshire Television documentary that investigates the conflict between environmentalists and limestone and gritstone companies quarrying in the Yorkshire and Derbyshire National Parks. It is presented by comedian, folk singer and environmentalist Mike Harding and includes interviews with interested parties for and against the quarrying. A number of quarries are seen and discussed: Ribblehead, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Ingleton Quarry, Giggleswick, Kilnsey Gray, Arcow Quarry and Helworth Quarry, both at Helmworth Bridge, Swinden Quarry near Grassington and Cool Scar Quarry at Kilnsey, in Yorkshire; and Topley Pike Quarry and Eldon Hill Quarry in Derbyshire.
Michael Clegg provides the natural history of Windy Hill in the Pennines and visits Stott Hall Farm, 1100 feet up, situated between the two sets of carriageways on the M62. He talks to the farmer Ken Wilde and his wife Beth about what it is like to live there, and the sheep farming they do.
This is a compilation of three films made by amateur filmmaker John (Jack) E Dyson of Leeds. The first focuses on Blackpool, t the second autumn, and the third shows the Dyson boys going out collecting “penny for the Guy.”
This is a film, as the title suggests, of various countryside scenes filmed in the spring and winter, and including such famous sites such as Brimham Rocks.
This is film of several performances in a theatre, filmed from somewhere in the stalls. It includes a Christmas show, song and dance routines, and comedy.
The performance starts with performers seated in a long line on the stage. They are singing and suddenly stand up and display the letters spelling “Christmas”. There is then an act with a man in shorts and a long white beard on a tricycle. This is followed by a routine involving the singing of 'Good Pull-Up For Cyclists' – a popular variety feature written by Ernest Longstaffe – holding up the lyrics for the audience to sing along to. The act seems to involve cycling and the boy scouts. There are women dancing in formation and comedy acts, as well as, presumably, excerpts from musicals, as well as a school performance and a performance of ukulele players.
This amateur film by Walter Gill shows a trip to Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales at Easter time.
This compilation of black and white amateur film by Middlesbrough dentist Tom H. Brown shows friends and family at leisure in North Yorkshire, and special family occasions such as the wedding of friends Charlotte Leng and John Dales Proudlock in Leeds. There are visits to locations in Redcar, Saltburn, Scarborough and the grounds of Ormesby Hall, North Yorkshire. Footage includes a brief hand tinted scene.
An amateur film made by John Percival Staddon that records views of attractions and landmarks in the Lake District and North Yorkshire.