A tour around Durham City during a 1950s autumn and winter made by amateur film-maker Edward Roberts.
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 amateur film documents the 1952 Travers Trophy cross country motorcycle trials (also known as Travelers Trophy) starting from St John's Chapel in Weardale. The trials were organised by the Newcastle and District Motor Club, becoming one of the classic events in the North of England. This film was commissioned by St Andrew's Motor Ltd. (SAM) from members of the Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers' Association (ACA), including George Cummin and George Henderson.
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 amateur sponsored footage of sidecar racing and motorcycle scramble races (with and without sidecars) at Belmont Park, near Durham, was filmed for St Andrews Motors, a dealership for Norton and Vincent motorbikes on Gallowgate in Newcastle upon Tyne. Motorcycle marques in the races include Ariel, BSA and Norton. The film was produced by George Cummin and colleagues at the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). Belmont Scrambles took place in April and July 1957.
In October 1961, 75 hardy motorcycle riders gear up for the rough-and-tumble of the national Travers Trophy cross-country motorcycle trials (also known as Travelers Trophy) from St John’s Chapel, Weardale, organised by the Newcastle and District Motor Club. One of the earliest “scramble” competitions, the Travers started up in 1921, with endurance trials and hill climbs pictured here in old lead mine country, the riders on now classic British machines. The film was commissioned by the promoters, St Andrew’s Motors, and produced by George Cummin (Conway Films) and members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). The commentary is by George Cummin.
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).
A round-up of the 1951-52 season FA Cup and Amateur FA Cup qualifying football matches played at Willington, Crook and Tow Law, local County Durham teams in the Northern League. This is believed to be an amateur production and forms part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
Amateur film documenting Oakenshaw residents and events in the early 1950s. Footage includes local supporters of Willington AFC in the run up to a match against Saltaire; a women’s charity cricket match in support of the Easington Pit Disaster Fund, 1951; the Durham Miners Gala in 1951 and Coronation celebrations in Oakenshaw in 1953. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection, believed to have been filmed by Keith Venn and George Coates.
An amateur film made by Milton Newton of the 140 mile Blaydon Course as part of the British Cycling Federation National Road Race Championship. Starting from Blaydon Rugby Club the film shows riders completing four laps of the course travelling through Blaydon-on-Tyne then west to Riding Mill, south to Kiln Pit Hill and Carterway Heads and then north and east to Shotley Bridge and back to Blaydon. The final part of the film shows various prizes being awarded to the winner by Newcastle United Football Club centre-forward and Scottish International player Frank Brennen. The winner of the race is Bill Bradley from South Port (West) who is given a bicycle frame as a prize.
An amateur film made by Maurice Clyde of members of the Seaham Harbour Swimming Club, including the filmmakers mother, taking an early morning dip on the 7th June 1963.
An amateur film made by members of the Chester-le-Street Amateur Cine Society about their town in County Durham around 1968. The film records construction on the new A1 Motorway Bridge over the River Wear, the town's busy Front Street and market, and teenagers dancing and playing games at a new youth club. There's a a snapshot of the men of the Model Engineering Society at Riverside Park and the film also documents a children's pageant, disabled archery and angling on the River Wear in the grounds of Lumley Castle. The final part of the film shows some of the bridges along the Wear and the nearby Finchale Priory.
An amateur film made in and around Murton in County Durham by filmmaker Bob Wrightson showing an industrial estate, riders in the Milk Race passing, a phantom car ride and rubbish on a piece of waste ground.
An amateur film made by John Parsons of the Hartlepool Cycling Club recording a number of cycling events taking place around the region. The first race featured is a 10-mile time trial club event taking place on the evening of 25th May 1971 from Sappers Corner on the A689 to Wynyard in County Durham and a return to start. This is followed by the third stage of the 1971 Milk Race taking place on the 2nd June showing the start of the race at Durham and riders crossing Westerdale Moor in North Yorkshire. The final event featured is the seniors and juniors Crescent Criteriums circuit race around the Newton Aycliffe Trading Estate in County Durham on the 17th March 1972.
Tyne Tees Television footage showing a crew of eight rowers warming up before taking to a river, possibly the Wear near Durham, where they are filmed rowing on the water as part of a training exercise. This report was transmitted 26 July 1967.
Tyne Tees Television footage transmitted 11 July 1973 of the 2nd round Gillette Cup cricket match between Durham and Essex taking place at Ropery Lane in Chester-le-Street. The report shows various balls being played. Essex won the match by seven wickets with 86 balls remaining.
This home movie shows a number of favourite North East destinations for a family to relish the open air, either in the countryside or next to water such as Derwentside in County Durham and Tynemouth. More of a holiday excursion appears later in the film as the family visit the west country before returning north again.
A home movie made by Daniel Webster, believed a vice-principle of Bede College in Durham, of his family made between 1947 and 1957. The focus of the film is his two children who are seen growing from children to adults. The film records a number of domestic scenes of the family such as Christmas and holidays to the Lake District, Scotland and Ulster. The film includes a number of acted sequences featuring family members as well as shots 50's domestic scenes. The film also includes views from two Durham Miners Gala (1952 and 1955?) as well as motorbikes at Belmont Park and the Durham Regatta showing rowers on the river Wear.
An amateur ghost story and morality play based on Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol’ made by members of the Elvet Youth Club in Durham with the assistance of David Williams. The story follows a young boy who visits a local youth club where he causes nothing but trouble. He falls asleep and a ghost appears to show him the error of his ways. After being terrorised by the ghostly images of those he has wronged, the film ends with the boy returning to the club and making good his bad deeds.
An amateur film showing a number of girls performing various gymnastic routines both individually, in pairs and in groups. They are also filmed using gym equipment such as a pommel horse and climbing frame.