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 Derek Mathieson about the Lily Laundry Ltd which was based on Russell Street in Darlington.
A short promotional film by Derek Mathieson for the RAC / ACU motorcycle training scheme in Darlington. The film shows pupils learning to handle various types of motorbike at a training centre and out on the road around the town.
This video by Derek Mathieson from Darlington Video Makers Club was produced in co-operation with Darlington Library to help celebrate their 130th anniversary.
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.
A series of short films made by Maurice Clyde of various activities and events taking place with members of the Doxford Engines Friends Association (DEFA). Events recorded include a visit by Dr Thomas Knudsen to the South Tyneside Marine College in South Shields to see the Doxford Experimental Engine, visits to the Pallion Shipyard and Doxford's Old Works and a visit to Beamish, the North of England Open Air Museum to see their new museum stores. The film also includes extracts of a number of BBC North East and Cumbria and Tyne Tees Television news items relating to the items on this film.
An amateur film made by Maurice Clyde of two flights aboard a light aircraft taking in views across the region both north and south of Newcastle Airport. In the first flight the aircraft flies north along the Northumberland coast from Walkworth to Berwick-upon-Tweed. The second flight flying south takes in Chester-Le-Street and Durham City, then onwards to the coast and Seaham and Sunderland before heading back to Newcastle.
An amateur film made by Michael Gough of events and activities taking place in and around the city of Durham as part of the 800th anniversary of the granting of a charter to the city by Bishop Hugh de Puiset in 1079. The film includes a history of the city, a parade of marching bands and people in historic costumes, an event at Durham Racecourse, a hog roast, English Civil War re-enactment, a Mystery Play and a medieval market. On Palace Green Durham University’s graduation ceremony takes place. The final scenes are of Durham Miners Gala featuring Prime Minister James Callaghan.
This tongue-in-cheek promotional film was produced for the North East Region of the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers (NERIAC), which hosted the national IAC Annual General Meeting and film festival in Newcastle in October 1987. It was written and directed by Michael Gough, a member of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association. Includes time-lapse footage of South Shields-born animator Sheila Graber at work.
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.
This film by the Chester-le-Street Amateur Cine Society records rehearsals and, perhaps, part of a performance of the Pageant of Chester le Street, which took place nightly at Lumley Castle between 26 June and 1 July, 1967. The event marked the Septecentenary of the Parish Church 1267-1967 and was a presentation by the Restoration Committee of the Parochial Church Council. The focus is on performers, many of them children, in the grounds and on the balconies of the castle. The scenes include many casual moments and a recreation of the legend of the Lambton Worm.
This documentary short by Chester-le-Street Amateur Cine Society looks at an exhibition at the recently opened Beamish Museum and Beamish Hall in the 1970s, where visitors attend a classic car rally and look around Home Farm, still being renovated. There’s also a focus on the renovation and testing of steam engines and the electric tramway in operation.
Amateur early 1970s compilation of footage intercut with archive photographs made by Chester-le-Street Amateur Cine Society, which records street scenes in Chester-le-Street and looks at how the town, shops and architecture have changed or remained the same in the 20th century.
This film is a detailed amateur record of some of the architectural heritage of County Durham, but also includes the Penshaw Monument, built in memory of John George Lambton, the first Earl of Durham.
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 by Bob Wrightson filmed over a number of years between 1966 and 1972 focusing on those who work and use a Joshua Wilson and Brothers Ltd VG Food Store in the village of Murton in County Durham. As well as the day-to-day activities, the film also records some of the changes that take place at the shop including the changing advertising signs pre and post decimalisation. The final part of the film shows the construction of a flat roof extension to the shop.
An amateur film made by Bob Wrightson filmed over a year showing the changing colours in nature around the region and Lake District.
A home movie made by Bob Wrightson recording a number of family occasions and family trips. The film begins by focusing on a young family with small children playing in the garden and posing with extended family. They are also filmed enjoying a day on the beach and visiting a traction engine rally, possibly Washington in Tyne and Wear.
An amateur film by Bob Wrightson recording various events and activities taking place in the village of Murton in County Durham during the 1970s. Events recorded include a costume parade as part of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977 and the dedication of a memorial plaque in 1976 to local Victoria Cross recipient William McNally. The film also records a number of important local events such as the construction of the new A19 motorway around the village and the demolition of the Rex Cinema on Knareborough Road. The film also records a number of winters when the village was covered in snow.
An amateur fiction film made by Bob Wrightson telling the story of a young girl, Pauline, who goes in search of berries in the fields around the village of Murton in Country Durham. While on her journey she is chased by an older boy who is wearing a pair of tights over his head. However, she is saved by a group of small children who come to her rescue and chase the boy away. The film ends with her continuing her journey and picking berries before making her way home.
A compilation of films made by members of Middlesbrough Fire Brigade made between 1961 and 1963 showing exercises and training events taking place at their fire station on Park Road South in Middlesbrough. The film also includes a journey along the River Tees and views of a real fire taking place on farm land.
An amateur film made by Victor Sidney Carman showing various views of the city of Durham. The film also shows a family celebrating Christmas and a Christmas pudding with a sparkler in it.
This film made by South Shields filmmaker Lilian Wincote looks at a number of locations in the North Pennines where lead mining once took place.
This film produced by Eva and Douglas Morris looks at the sights around the cathedral and castle in Durham City.
An amateur film made by Betty Cook showing the presentation of a new standard to the 608 Squadron taking place a Middleton St. George RAF Station on the 1st November 1959. The standard is now on display at York Minster.