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.
Promotional film for The North East Industrial and Development Association that looks at North East England. Deals mainly with industry but also looks at the landscapes of rural areas and the coast..
This film in the Hartlepool Council collection records a holiday visit in 1976 of a group of students with learning disabilities from the Lynn Street Adult Training Centre, Hartlepool, and footage of an annual 'Sport For All’ day at Clairville Stadium, Middlesbrough.
An amateur film of the 1968 Durham County Show taking place at Lampton Park in Chester-le-Street on the 8 June 1968, made by Betty Cook. The film captures many of the day's attractions including a display of falconry, a police dog obstacle course and a bear cub being fed milk from a bottle. The film features British show jumping champion Harvey Smith performing at the showground. There are also views of a whippet race and a drive past of historic horse-drawn carriages and wagons.
An overview of the North East Electricity Board's (NEEB) area of operation covering all regions in the North East, with music and commentary. Includes footage of NEEB electricity showrooms at Carliol House in Newcastle and retail activities, NEEB displays at the Yorkshire Show in Harrogate and the Durham County Show, workers leaving Rowntrees factory in York. Industries documented include open cast mining at Ashington and Monkwearmouth Colliery, Swan Hunters ship yard, manufacture of television cathode ray tubes in Sunderland, Patons and Baldwins wool factory in Darlington, and sequences on NEEB working practices.
A detailed sponsored documentary by Turners Film Productions for Vaux Breweries on pigeon fancying and pigeon racing in the North East of England covering Northumberland, Tees Valley, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and North Yorkshire. Experts and participants explain breeding, selection, training, exhibition, racing and diet as the voice-over commentary gives an overview of the sport or hobby, and its importance to the largely male membership of the 'Up North Combine'. Footage of races include the Vaux-Usher International Gold Tankard Pigeon Race cross-channel from Beauvais in France, and scenes at the North of England Homing Union Show, held in Newcastle, are featured.
Early amateur film of the Boys Brigade camp at Horden, with boys from the Newcastle Battalion.
Amateur film that records the northern region Boys Brigade Life Boys holiday at a camp at Hawthorn Towers, County Durham, in the early 1930s. Activities that are shown include morning kit inspection, washing, prayers, eating, and sports. Hawthorn Towers was demolished in 1969.
Amateur film documenting a Newcastle Boys Brigade trip to the High Force waterfall in Teesdale, County Durham.
Home movie footage produced by Dr H. Brenton Porteous recording the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) 2nd (1st Northern) section training at the No. 8 Casualty Clearing Station, Chester-le-Street, (possibly the Hermitage) before the outbreak of war. Recruits are also shown drilling in uniform following the start of World War II and taking part in a sewing competition at a garden fete. The film-maker was a lieutenant in the RAMC.
A film made by amateur filmmaker Betty Cook of the annual medieval fair taking place in Sedgefield on the 22 May 1976. The film shows festivities taking place on the town green with many people in costume. There are views of various activists and stalls including a medieval barbecue, craft stalls and a man being dunked into a pool of water. The film also includes a juvenile jazz band performing as well a race between three pantomime horses.
An amateur film made by Edward Robert, a Durham County Inspector of Schools and pitman's son, recording the river Tees from its rural source through to industrial areas on the banks of the river around Middlesbrough, and the estuary as it flows into the North Sea.
Amateur footage of a Good Friday parade, which may be in Wallsend, a sports day at South Shields, street views in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, and views from a train travelling from London Kings Cross to Newcastle.
Amateur home movie compilation by George Pennington, owner of Cosy Coaches in Meadowfield, County Durham, filmed around 1952. Includes footage of celebrations in Brandon, either as part of the touring 1951 Festival of Britain, or the Brandon Gala; a portrait of the Browney Juniors A.F.C. and their awards; a wedding and reception at the Redhills Hotel, Durham; the visit of H.R.H. Princess Margaret to Durham; the Reading of the Proclamation at Durham; the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the restoration of the Durham monument to the Third Marquis of Londonderry in Durham featuring Bernard Montgomery, 1st Vicount Montgomery of Alamein; a trip to York during the week of the Mystery Plays; Durham College's rag week parade and a family trip to Blackpool Illuminations.
A complete catalogue of Durham Miners’ Gala events and activities recorded in and around the City of Durham by Edward Roberts: the film includes footage from Big Meetings between 1951 and 1955, and shows the miners’ banners, bands, speeches, and fun fair revelry.
The final of a three part Tyne Tees Television documentary presented by Mike Neville, in which he journeys down the Tees. The journey takes in the source of the river and follows the it's progress through wild countryside, small villages and towns, showing how the river Tees has contributed to peoples lives and industry. The film finally reaches the mouth of the river on the east coast where towns such as Yarm, Stockton and Middlesbrough have over the years been historic ports and the site of major heavy industries on both the north and south sides of the Tees. This edition was originally transmitted on the 11 October 1962.
A film made by Danny Webster, Vice-Principle of Bede College of Bede Day which took place on Whit Monday [3rd June] 1963. Filmed at Durham Racecourse, it shows various activities and events taking place around the racecourse including children playing various fairground games and displays of Judo, gymnastics and trampolining. The film ends with views of people packing up at the end of the day and a group of men enjoying a beer.
This film made by students of Bede College looking at the North East alternative newspaper “Muther Grumble”. The film show views of young people walking around Durham City and shots of various pages from the newspaper. The film also includes shots of young people seated in a room, possibly the office of 'Muther Grumble', smoking and talking.
This amateur film documents the Belmont Jubilee Motorcycle Scramble at Belmont Park in Durham on Saturday 19 July 1953. The film was commissioned by St. Andrew's Motors (SAM) and produced by George Cummin with members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
An amateur film produced by George Cummin in which his character 'SAM' (based on the acronym for St. Andrews Motors) looks back at various motorcycle and car rallies that took place around the region in 1955: a veteran and vintage car rally from Whitley Bay to Newcastle upon Tyne, Weardale’s Arthur Emerson Memorial Trial motorbike scramble event, the first ever Catterick Garrison Hill Climb, North Yorkshire, featuring racer Angela Brown in an Aston Martin and the Belmont Senior Grand National Scramble at Belmont Park, Durham.
This amateur travelogue focuses on rural and picturesque (non-industrial) locations along the River Wear, from source in the Upper Weardale hills to the industrial river mouth at the North Sea, and the coastline from Tynemouth to the Roker lighthouse. Footage includes sequences on farming in Upper Weardale, fluorspar mining, quarrying for ganister stone, quilting in the dales, church architecture, Durham Cathedral, Raby and Brancepeth castles, Durham Regatta and the famous Durham Miners' Gala at its most popular. This film was a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production, probably led by George Cummin.
This 1977 compilation was made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). It consists of extracts from the cine club’s films, documentary footage of film shoots and studio work, and presentations at the club, from the club’s first decade through to the 1960s.
This short narrative holiday film is by amateur filmmaker and member of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), George Cummin, and his wife Norah Cummin. George and Norah take a week’s holiday at a cottage in Weardale, County Durham. George decides to make a film of the holiday and settles down to write the script, but is not inspired. Whilst his wife rambles, gardens and does the housework, George repeatedly falls asleep in a deckchair and fails to script the film. On the last day he finally decides on the title and rewards himself with a nap.
Compilation of outtakes and trims from various films produced by George Cummin with members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) between 1952 and 1967. Also contains brief production scenes from two ACA productions: “A Fishing Tale” and “Sound Effects”.
The Lambton Film Group made this amateur film about adults who join a course in filmmaking at Lambton Castle Adult Education College, including a man who is endlessly late for everything. Contains footage of the students filming courses taking place at the college including cookery, dance and archery classes. The students are tutored by veteran amateur filmmaker George Cummin, a member of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).