An amateur film made in around 1940 of a visit by Herbert Morrison to St James Park to inspect divisions of Civil Defence and Air Raid Precaution personnel and equipment. He is accompanied by Ellen Wilkinson then Member of Parliament for Jarrow as well as one of three Parliamentary Secretaries responsible for air raid shelters and civil defence at of Ministry of Home Security under Herbert Morrison. The film also shows Mary, Princess Royal & Countess of Harewood attending a military parade through Newcastle.
This newsreel style film covers the visit of Jimmy Carter, President of the United States, and British Prime Minister, James Callaghan, to Washington Old Hall on May 6th 1977, and the Silver Jubilee visit of Queen Elizabeth II and husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, to Washington New Town on July 15th, 1977. This amateur ‘double-barrelled’ documentary was shot and edited by Michael Gough, Head of Education Services in Sunderland and a member of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association since 1972. It was entered in the Movie Maker magazine “Ten Best” competition in 1978 and won the Minolta Trophy for Best Editing.