The first episode of a two-part Tyne Tees Television feature that looks at the landscape, industry, history and traditions of the North East coastline from Whitby to South Shields and the River Tyne, presented by Austin Steele.
This is an ICI Billingham Film Unit travelogue with an unusual premise and title. The film promotes the North East as a marvellous place to live and work and includes footage of engineers, scientists and draftsmen at the ICI Billingham chemical works and the many social pursuits available for workers: sports at Billingham Synthonia and Wilton Hall Clubs, rowing and sailing on the Wear,Yorkshire Gliding Club at Sutton Bank and rock climbing. The film also tours around local Teesside villages and towns such as picturesque Norton and Stockton-on-Tees on a busy market day. The coastal towns of Saltburn, Staithes (including women in traditional Staithes bonnets) and Whitby are explored as well as the iconic cities of Durham, York and Newcastle (including night time Hoppings scenes on the Town Moor). The final scenes capture the remote landscapes of Weardale and the world of the hill farmers.
This film made by railway enthusiast Chris Lawson, although concentrating on activities in and around Newcastle also includes footage of a restored horse drawn mail coach, and the launch of a large tanker, possibly the Esso Northumbria. Footage also includes some film taken of stations on the well known North Tyneside railway loop, north of Newcastle.
This film by filmmaker and railway enthusiast Chris Lawson shows working steam engines in the Tyneside area, with other footage showing lines and engines further afield, including Tebay on the West side of England and also the some final activity on a railway line about to close in Derbyshire.