A short amateur film of mistaken identity produced by pupils of Caldercote Junior School in Leicester. The film tells the story of a schoolboy who believes he sees a man loading a gun in a car beside the school. He tells his teacher who doesn’t believe him. The following day the teacher, after seeing newspaper headlines of a gunman on the loose, speaks with the police offering them the car registration written down by the boy the previous day. Going to the house where the car is registered, the police expect to find the gunman, but instead discover that the gun seen by the pupil is in fact a toy belonging to a small child. The film ends with the pupil receiving a letter of thanks from Leicester City Police. The teacher in the films is believed to be David Williams who assisted with this production. The film also features David’s son Simon as the small boy playing with the toy gun.
An amateur film by David Williams of a memorial service taking place beside the Bede College Memorial Cross in Durham in memory of the Bede Men who fell at Gravenstafel Ridge on the 25th April 1915. The film shows various speeches being given, prayers said and hymns sung with music provided by the Burma Band of the 7th Battalion The (Durham) Light Infantry who stand nearby. Following the playing of ‘The Last Post’ , a wreath is laid and the service brought to a close. The film part of the film shows the Burah Band performing on stage.
Amateur footage made by Richard Annand of a Red Cross parade taking place on Palace Green in Durham in 1953, possibly related to the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The film also includes views of Richard’s family at home near Durham.
An amateur film made by the Neesham family of Redcar of a visit to London during the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on the 2nd June 1953. The first part of the film shows various views across the city of some of the decorated buildings along The Mall, outside Westminster Abbey and along Oxford Street. The second part of the film shot from the crowds waiting for the Royal procession to pass captures some of the various military bands, platoons of soldiers and other personnel marching past. The final part of the film captures the Gold State Coach passing, and the young Queen inside waving at the crowds.
An amateur film of an award presentation to the sergeant of the 5th Battalion North Riding Home Guard, which takes place at Marton, near Middlesbrough, in winter. The film was shot by Lionel 'Dick' Saltmer, owner of a ladies outfitters on Corporation Road in Middlesbrough and member of this Home Guard unit.
Compilation of amateur films by Raymond James Paiton consisting of footage of a visit to Cragside house, near Rothbury in Northumberland with his wife Molly followed by events on Newcastle Town Moor including a performance of synchronised gymnastics, a display of military aircraft, the star attraction an Avro Lancaster heavy bomber, and the annual Hoppings fair. It concludes with family beach scenes on the coast, possibly to Cresswell in Northumberland.
Tyne Tees Television Today at Six news insert showing HMS Kedleston, probably as part of the Fishing Protection Squadron, escorting herring fishing ships back up the Tyne after the arrest of one ship. This news item was first broadcast on 5 February 1975.
This amateur film documents Local Defence Volunteers at Ryton near Gateshead undergoing drill and training, as they prepare to join the countrywide defensive force soon to become the Home Guard.
Tyne Tees TV Today at Six filmed news insert broadcast on 21 February 1973 of the Royal Marine band playing a trumpet fanfare.
A promotional video for Swan Hunter Shipyards based around the recently commissioned Ark Royal linking Swan Hunter as a technology company to the sophistication of the warship. The focus is on the company's use of computer technology to help improve efficiency.
An amateur film believed made by Wylam physician Dr Swindale, begins with a wedding taking place at an unknown church. King George V Silver Jubilee celebrations take place around Newcastle and Wylam followed by film of the Royal Agricultural Show as it takes place on the Newcastle Town Moor in 1935. The final part of the film shows a military camp believed to be in a field near Ripon in North Yorkshire. General activities around camp are filmed as well as the men and officers taking part in both official ceremonies and other less formal events watched by civilians. Although the regiment featured is not known, Dr Swindale did serve as an officer in the Royal Army Medical Corp.