As part of the Sharp collection this film shows various branches of Sharp's Linoleum shops including one in Halifax. There are some excellent shots of streets, cars and fashions of the time. The second part of the film shows a staff Christmas party held at the Great Northern Victoria Hotel in Bradford.
This sponsored film by the Turners Film Unit for Sunderland Corporation's Transport Department documents the abandonment of the Sunderland tramway system in 1954 in favour of motorbuses. It details the planning and operations of the bus transport system, and its importance for local people and businesses in Sunderland and surrounding areas. The film features good footage of trams and new buses in operation; local industries of glass making, coal mining and ship building; and of people at leisure in local coastal resorts.
Amateur cine club record of the Dorman Long built Tees (Newport) Bridge in Middlesbrough as it nears completion in October 1933, and of the official opening ceremony of the bridge on 28 February 1934, conducted by the Duke and Duchess of York, (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.) The film was made by Middlesbrough dentist and amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown with his Teesside Cine Club colleague, W. Maxwell.
A celebration of the potential for business growth in Sunderland with its attractions of housing, schools, cultural facilities and beauty spots, linked with a celebration of Sunderland Football Club winning the Football Association Cup in 1973.
A detailed promotional film of the construction, launch and fitting-out of the Shaw Savill cruise liner, the Northern Star, at the Vickers-Armstrongs Shipyards, Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne. Footage includes the start of manufacture (the laying of flat keel plates) on April 28th 1960, the naming ceremony and launch performed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, on June 27 1961, and extensive shots of the interior decoration of the ship.
A documentary in two parts that covers the life and industry on the River Tees, with footage of Middlesbrough, Stockton, the Transporter Bridge, Furness Shipyards and aerial shots of the Tees from Stockton to the river mouth
This amateur film documents the launch of the cargo ship MV Innesmoor from Hawthorne Leslie (Shipbuilders) Ltd yard at Hebburn-on-Tyne. Footage includes views of the ship on the slipway, men at work, and the launch by Viscountess Ridley on 30th August 1954. There are extended views both around the deck and below in a number of cabins and the dining room. The ship is towed down the Tyne by tug boat. The film ends with views of the ship at sea, possibly during its sea trials. The ship was completed in December 1954. This film is a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
A Turners Film Unit production sponsored by William Gray showing the launch of the cargo ship Cristallina at William Gray's yard, West Hartlepool, on 15 February 1949, only a few years after World War Two. A second part follows the fitting out at Gray's Central Marine Engine Works of an engine for the cargo ship Carona, launched in 1948.
A film made by members of the Middlesbrough and later Teesside Fire Brigade recording various events and activates the brigade were involved in between 1961 and 1972. The film includes official HM Inspection and demonstrations taking place at their fire station on Park Road South in Middlesbrough. The film also records the official opening of a new fire station along Seaton Carew Road near Billingham in 1972. Less formal events are also recorded, including a sports day at Clairville Stadium and participation in a parade along Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough believed part of the celebrations to mark for the inauguration of Teesside County Borough in 1968.
A compilation of films made by members of Middlesbrough Fire Brigade made between 1961 and 1963 showing exercises and training events taking place at their fire station on Park Road South in Middlesbrough. The film also includes a journey along the River Tees and views of a real fire taking place on farm land.
This film by amateur filmmaker John Percival Staddon looks at places and events mainly around the Sunderland and South Shields area. The film begins in Sunderland with Billy Smarts circus parading through the town followed by a study of traffic in the town centre. A visit to a local attraction at the coast is Marsden Rock at South Shields. A brief visit to the night lights in Manchester, then to the North East coast at Seaburn. Next, south to Aysgarth Falls in North Yorkshire is followed by celebrations at a church in Houghton le Spring. Transport finishes the programme with the final remnants of the tram service in Sunderland and rare footage of the 'Halfpenny' Ferry on the river Wear.
An amateur documentary made by Peter Dobing and George Theaker in 1990 following the closure of the Shildon Wagon Works. The film includes footage shot as part of the 150th anniversary of the wagon works on the 24th September 1983 as well as film of the ‘cavalcade of steam’ taking place in Shildon in August 1975 as part of the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Stockton and Darlington railway.