This Yorkshire Television documentary was made just after Lord Joe Kagan, who was 64 at the time, was convicted of theft and false accounting, but prior to his sentencing on 15th December 1980. The documentary consists mainly of interviews with many of those close to him, recounting his time under Nazis rule in Lithuania, his amazing story of escape, his famous Gannex coats, and his friendship with Harold Wilson and Russian spy Richard Vaygauskas.
This is one of a large collection of British Rail, and some pre- British Rail, films inherited by the track renewals company Fastline in 1996, and passed on to Fastline Photography when they folded in 2010. This one has condemned wagons being used to test various types of buffers by being propelled into them at different speeds, probably taking place in the railway yard at Great Horton in Bradford.
This amateur documentary charts the progress of regeneration efforts in Shipley during the 1950s, from the demolition of derelict housing stock to the completion of the new shopping centre in 1957.
This educational film explores the history and development of Saltaire, the Victorian model town established by Titus Salt in 1851. The film follows Melanie Hall and Nancy Brearley as they walk around the village and learn about its sights.
Entertaining short film which documents a day’s whippet racing at Bingley, near Bradford. A commentary in a strong Yorkshire accent explains the particulars of the sport and the local area.
This short film shows a day at a trotting race. A jovially narrated commentary explains the history and practice of racing horses with sulkies, the single-seater carts seen in the film.
This is a West Riding Civil Defence exercise that took place on Sunday 14th March 1965, around Aireworth Street, Keighley, filmed by amateur filmmaker Michael Lockwood. It was based on a scenario of Keighley having just suffered an airburst nuclear attack, between a megaton and a kiloton. It was a large scale exercise involving in total 350 people, including many young people from local schools: Eastmoor Approved School, Leeds, the Army Apprentice School, Harrogate, and Tong Park House School, Baildon.
Made by Roger Teale, this is a film of the famous Denby Dale Pie. Denby Dale has a tradition of making giant pies, the first in 1788, and the pie made in 1964 was to celebrate four royal births. The film includes footage of the pie as well as accompanying festival celebrations.
East Riddlesden Hall is a 17th-century manor house in Keighley, West Yorkshire, now owned by the National Trust. The hall was built in 1642 by a wealthy Halifax clothier, James Murgatroyd. This short film, made by Roger Teale, focuses on the exterior of the house and surrounding grounds.
Film maker Ronald Pringle presents more film of holidays and excursions in Scotland, north west and south west England.
This film from amateur cinematographer Ronald Pringle shows various events and holiday footage mostly taken during the spring and summer of 1981.
This film from amateur filmmaker Ronald Pringle shows a mixture of holidays in Scotland, visits to Cumbria's Steam Gathering, demolition of a chemical plant, and flying demonstrations from military and other aircraft.
This film by Ronald Pringle shows more of the filmmaker’s beloved Scotland along with holidays in different parts of England, in particular East Anglia and the West Country and finishing with Christmas lights in London.
An amateur film by Betty Cook of the Cleveland Cine Club of the Lowther Horse Driving Trials and Country Fair taking place at Lowther Castle near Penrith in Cumbria that features HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
This film made by Chris Lawson, filmmaker and railway enthusiast, looks at steam traffic on regional and other railways in Britain in the late 1960's. This film loooks at industrial railways particularly in the South East Northumberland coalfield and also the demise of the steam engine in a literal sense with a visit to a breakers yard in South Wales.