This amateur documentary records the changing city of Newcastle upon Tyne and surrounding areas through urban decline and renewal in 1984, and some of the special events taking place that year, including the Hoppings, the Great North Run and the arrival of the Golden Hinde on the Tyne. Footage includes the dismantling of the Old Redheugh Bridge; the repainting of the Tyne Bridge; construction of the Metro Centre, Gateshead; development of the Nissan car manufacturing plant; closures of Woolworths, Fenwicks, Callers and J T Parrish department stores, the ABC Haymarket Cinema and Wills cigarette factory; and the new Eldon Square shopping centre. Signs of industrial action at Swan Hunters Shipyard in Wallsend are also documented. The film is a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
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.
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.
This amateur footage by Stephen Gray records two events in the 1980s: the first is a York Run that starts from the Knavesmire, and the second is the demolition in 1987 of tower blocks on the Nursery Farm Estate in Gateshead. The towers were commissioned by Felling UDC and completed in 1968. The consulting architect and engineer for this development was John Poulson. The compilation also includes brief footage of the film-maker's colleagues in the Environmental Health Department of Gateshead Council and on site at slum housing due for demolition.
An industrial film that shows the construction, opening and extended use of the Derwent Reservoir in County Durham. The film includes the opening of the reservoir by Princess Alexandra in July 1967 and then goes on to examine the reasons for building it and some of the technical innovations and difficulties that had to be developed or overcome. The film ends showing how the reservoir, as well as providing water for the region has also developed into a leisure facility with fishing and sailing now well established.
A travelogue that takes a look at the course of the River Tyne from the countryside to the sea. Using the device of a Canadian Merchant Seaman who is curious about his family background, he shares a train journey with a schoolteacher who tells him the history of Northumberland and the development of industry in the area. The rural life and scenery of the mid – 1940’s is captured as well as that of industrial Tyneside.