Amateur film footage by a senior ICI manager, Mr Bridger, that records ICI ammonia factories at Low Prudhoe, Northumberland, set up to produce agricultural fertiliser and explosives for the war effort, the Tyne at Ovingham and Thomas Berwick’s grave, the pond at Norton, and footage of social events and sports days in the 1950s at a variety of ICI clubs, in Prudhoe, Billingham in 1956, and Clitheroe, Lancashire.
This is the first of three documentaries in the Your Heritage series produced by Tyne Tees Television on the region's three main rivers, originally broadcast on 6 December 1962. This programme looks at the River Tyne from source to mouth, exploring both the industrial and urban life of the river as well as its historic and rural aspects.
This amateur newsreel of important local events in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1933 was produced by members of Newcastle Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). The film covers the official opening by HRH Prince George, Duke of Kent, of the new Poor Children’s Holiday Association building at 66 Percy Street, Newcastle, headquarters of a charitable organisation that ran numerous projects for underprivileged children. Another item records the Northumberland Plate event at Gosforth Park Races 20 June 1933. The final documentary shorts are of the British Hospitals Air Pageant at Cramlington Aerodrome on Saturday 12 August 1933 with aerobatic displays by, amongst others, Flight Lieutenant Charles William Anderson Scott, AFC, and aerial footage of Newcastle upon Tyne and surrounding countryside flmed from one of the special passenger flights taken at the air pageant.
Young women volunteers attend a BRCS (British Red Cross Society) camp at Longhoughton in 1944 to train up for roles as Red Cross nurses and support for the medical services during the Second World War. In 1945 women are trained at a Red Cross Youth Movement of Northumberland campsite in the Coquetdale valley (possibly in the grounds of Rothbury Cottage Hospital), their third annual camp at Rothbury. Footage includes trainee nurses during leisure time, swimming on the Northumbrian coast, playing netball and table tennis. This amateur documentary footage was shot by Peter Beatty, a member of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers' Association (ACA), the Rothbury footage probably filmed in summer 1945, just after World War Two.
This amateur film with humorous commentary documents the first all night car trials for the St Andrew's Trophy that took place on Saturday 26th June 1954. A number of cars and motor cycles take part, including vintage British marques such as Singer, Standard, Jaguar, MG, Vauxhall and British Fords. All drivers test themselves against the clock through the countryside of Northumberland, Cumbria and the Scottish Borders. This film was commissioned by St Andrew's Motors (SAM) of Newcastle and produced by George Cummin with members of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
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.
Made by dance band musician George Cummin, this is a compilation of both amateur and commercial footage that documents a year of personal and national events in 1937, using occasional staged scenes. These include a wedding in Newcastle upon Tyne attended by George Cummin, and his own marriage in July, a picnic outing with his wife, Norah, and a friend, the Northumberland Plate festival at Gosforth Park Racecourse, Newcastle, and a fox hunt in Scotland. George and Norah Cummin were members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association.
This 1930s 3-reel compilation contains random footage of a fox hunt meeting, Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, and a horsewoman practising jumps and amongst cattle, probably filmed in Northumberland, and a record of a pageant held in Warkworth Castle where men, women and children re-enact significant events in Borders history. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
This compilation of 1930s documentary film includes a short piece on a Hexham Point-to-Point horse race for hunting horses and amateur riders, which took place on 4 April 1931 at Stelling, near Newton, Northumberland. Also included are landscape shots of the waterfall on Devil’s Water, near Hexham; holiday footage in the Lake District; and a record of a grouse shoot, which may have taken place in the North East. This amateur film is part of the Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association (ACA) collection.
Made by George Cummin, this is a compilation of miscellaneous amateur and commercial footage, which includes an outing to Warkworth, Northumberland, with the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), of which he was a member, and holiday footage of Devon featuring his wife, Norah Cummin, and friends. Footage of professional and women’s cricket matches are also included. The professional games featured may document the West Indian cricket team’s tour matches in England in 1950.
This film compilation documents two sports events: an automobile and motorcycle race meeting at the two-mile Charterhall circuit, near Greenlaw in Scotland, on 29th April 1956, which features Ninian Sanderson and Ron Flockhart of the Edinburgh-based Ecurie Ecosse race team in D-type Jaguars; and the St Andrew’s Motorcycle Trial, which took place in Northumberland on a Sunday in October 1956, organised by the Newcastle and District Motor Club. The film was commissioned by St Andrew’s Motors (SAM) and produced by George Cummin and colleagues of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
An amateur record of the national motorcar racing events held at the Winfield circuit in Berwickshire, Scotland in 1951, which describes the types of cars involved, the background of some of the drivers, and gives several post event commentaries. Includes footage of well-known racers such as Reginald Parnell and Gillie Tyrer. This film was commissioned by St Andrew’s Motors, Newcastle upon Tyne, and produced by George Cummin and colleagues of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
This amateur comedy follows a small-time crooked bookmaker and his clerk who get their comeuppance (and lose the shirt off their backs) when they try to rig a road race and are rumbled by the locals. Locations include Higham Dykes, Milbourne, in Northumberland. The film was produced by Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
Compilation of miscellaneous amateur home movie footage documenting holidays in Northumberland and trips to the Tyneside coast. Locations include Rothbury, Elsdon, Cullercoats and Tynemouth. Also includes footage of an air display or pageant, possibly taking place at Cramlington aerodrome, which features two planes that were part of Alan Cobham’s Flying Circus. This film is part of the Newcastle Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
Compilation of amateur film shot between 1934 and 1939. Footage includes club and family outings to Keswick in the Lake District, Warkworth in Northumberland, the Blackpool Illuminations, the Braemar Gathering and Highland Games and other locations in Scotland. James Cameron Senior, one of the original founder members and Secretary of Newcastle & District ACA, appears in some sequences. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
An amateur film by Milton Newton of the 1959 Tyneside Vags Cyclo Cross race from Middleton in Northumberland. The film begins with views of competitors and spectators standing in a lane beside the Ox Inn public house. With the race underway the film shows riders crossing the Middleton Burn before racing across the Shaftoe Crags moorland estate. As well as cyclists the film also features runners taking part in the race around the 10 mile circuit. At the finish line there are views of both riders and runners completing the race and making their way back to the Ox Inn where the film ends. The first cyclist across the finish line was Wesley Clayton of the Tyne Road Club. The first runner was Jim Alder of Morpeth Harriers.
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 by Milton Newton of the 10 mile Tyneside Vags Cyclo Cross race taking place on the Shaftoe Crags moorland estate in November 1960. The film begins with riders and spectators outside the Ox Inn in Middleton, Northumberland waiting for the race to begin. Once the race gets underway the film follows from various points along the very boggy route including views of riders crossing the Middleton Burn. The film ends with exhausted riders crossing the finish line and cleaning themselves and their bicycles of the mud which covers many head-to-foot. The winner of the race was Wesley Clayton of Tyne RC. The Vagabonds C.C. was formally established in February 1937.
An amateur film made by D.M. Paulin of the Northumberland Boy Scouts showing activities and events taking place at their permanent camp site at Gosforth Park near Newcastle upon Tyne between 1957 and 1961. The film also records the visits by two Chief Scouts to the region. The first is of Thomas Corbett who visited Humshaugh near Hexham in Northumberland in June 1957 to dedicate a stone cairn built on the site of the first scout camp in 1908. The second visit is of Sir Charles Maclean who took part in the Northumberland and Durham Scout Rally at Gosforth Park in July 1961. The film also records the participation of the Northumberland Boy Scouts at the 9th World Scout Jubilee Jamboree which took place at Sutton Coldfield in August 1957.
An amateur film made by Milton Newton of the 70 mile Dunston C.C. Road Race through the Tyne Valley starting from Blaydon. The film begins with riders preparing for the start of the race. This is followed by views of riders travelling towards Stocksfield, Blanchland, Edmundbyers, Shotley Bridge and back towards Blaydon. The film ends with cyclists crossing the finish line watched by spectators and relaxing after the race.
A home movie by Austen McOlvin Laws of his daughters sports day taking place at the Newcastle upon Tyne Church High School in Jesmond. The film also features a group of children parading along Harbour Road in Beadnell, a cyclist speeding past a house during a race and water-skiers off the coast of Beadnell.
A home movie by Austen McOlvin Laws showing the family on holiday at Beadnell in Northumberland and at home in Fenham Newcastle. The film also shows his daughters attending a party and playing games in the garden.
A home movie by Austen McOlvin Laws of a trip into the Northumberland countryside with views across what is possibly the snow-topped Simonside Hills. The film changes to a sports day for his daughter’s school, the Newcastle upon Tyne Church High School in Jesmond, showing pupils and parents taking part in various sporting events.
This film by filmmaker and railway enthusiast Chris Lawson, shows a winter landscape in Northumberland, possibly Bavington where the Lawson family had a cottage or house and also motor racing at Ingliston near Edinburgh.
Tyne Tees Television reporter Alister Harrison interviews a man about a new sports centre opened at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea. The man talks about the new facilities available at the centre including a surgery where people can speak with a doctor about their sports requirements. The centre is unusual in that it is based on similar centres seen by the man while visiting Hungary in the Eastern Bloc. The report was transmitted on the 11 July 1973.