Compilation of amateur footage and outtakes, which includes the commemorative Victory Parade that took place in Newcastle upon Tyne on 8th June 1946, filmed by members of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), including George Cranston. Also includes shots of Newcastle streets decorated for the coronation celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953.
Made by Leonard Winter, this amateur film documents a fun camping trip in the 1930s with teenagers in the West Norwood Cycling Club, staying at a farm near Chiddingstone, Kent, and spending time on the Sussex coast at Lancing. Leonard Winter later joined the Cleveland Cine Club and lived in Middlesbrough. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
An amateur film by Ken Christie of the sea trials of the fishing trawler Japonica in 1961. The trawler was built by T. Mitchison Ltd of Gateshead and launched on the 22nd November 1960, completed February 1961. Mr Christie worked for DECCA Marine Radar and was on board representing his company as part of the ships sea trials.
An amateur film by Harry Leighton shows the preparation and the day’s events at the annual Shiremoor and District’s Children’s Gala for 1974. Known locally as the Children’s Treat, the event has been organised by miner’s families since 1907. The film begins with views of organisers and volunteers preparing the ‘Treat’ field for the big day. A procession follows behind a brass band leading them onto the showground where children are present a box of cakes. There are views of many of the events and activates taking place during the day including sport and dancing as well as a fun fair. The film ends with the day coming to an end and people heading home.
An amateur film by Harry Leighton of the annual Shiremoor and District’s Children’s Gala taking place in 1980. Known locally as the Children’s Treat, the event has been organised by miner’s families since 1907. The film begins with a number of marching bands leading the crowds along Earsdon Road onto the ‘Treat’ field. Local comedian Bobby Thompson also features opening the event. Following the presentation of cakes to the local children the film records many of the sporting and musical events and displays taking place on the field as well as a nearby fair.
This newsreel style film covers the visit of Jimmy Carter, President of the United States, and British Prime Minister, James Callaghan, to Washington Old Hall on May 6th 1977, and the Silver Jubilee visit of Queen Elizabeth II and husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, to Washington New Town on July 15th, 1977. This amateur ‘double-barrelled’ documentary was shot and edited by Michael Gough, Head of Education Services in Sunderland and a member of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association since 1972. It was entered in the Movie Maker magazine “Ten Best” competition in 1978 and won the Minolta Trophy for Best Editing.
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 made by Milton Newton of the 50 mile Newcastle Rag Week Road Race. The film begins with riders following a procession of costumed students some playing in a marching band through the streets of Fenham in Newcastle upon Tyne. Following the start of the race the film shows a number of views from around the course of the riders as well as an entourage of other vehicles passing spectators heading towards Westerhope, Newburn and Denton Burn. The film ends with three riders crossing the finish near to Newcastle University with the winner, Bill Batty of Tyne Velo Road Cycling Club, being presented with a trophy by a young woman,
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 Milton Newton taken from an aircraft as it flies over the Hoppings Fair on Newcastle Town Moor, along the coast at Tynemouth and then west along the River Tyne from the mouth to Warden in Northumberland. The films includes views of many of the Tyne’s most iconic bridges as well several busy shipyards especially between North Shields and Newcastle. The final part of the film shows the river running though the Tyne Valley to Corbridge and Hexham and finishes on the Warden Railway Bridge.
Made by amateur filmmaker Robert Brunger, this compilation records the 1974 Skelton Carnival, which was introduced in 1966 to unite villagers in Cleveland’s ironstone mining region. Skelton teens parade in platform boots with glam rock props, and there are juvenile jazz bands and a Carnival Queen in this July parade of floats. The parade snakes down the High Street to the recreation ground, where events include motorcycle stunt riders in Native American costume and a giant hot-air balloon that takes to the skies. The compilation also includes general views of the Skinningrove Works in 1970 under British Steel Corporation’s public ownership.
A sponsored film produced by William Gray & Company Ltd, West Hartlepool, of the launch on 21 October 1949 of the cargo ship S.S.Irish Hazel for Irish Shipping Ltd, Dublin from Central Dock.
An amateur film made by South Shields-born filmmaker Lillian Wincote recording the final day of the Shields Ferry ‘Northumbrian’ on the 25th April 1972. The film shows the steam ferry crossing between North and South Shields collecting and transporting passengers and vehicles.
An amateur film made by Jim Purcell begins with a visit by a delegation from Jarrow’s twinned town Epinay-sur-Seine to see a decorative flower bed followed by the beach at South Shields. The film changes to show a number of empty roads possibly leading to the entrance of the Tyne Tunnel shortly before the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II to official open it on the 19th October 1967. The final part of the film shows two young men apparently playing up to the camera.
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.
An amateur film by Derek Mathieson following members of the Darlington Video and Filmmakers on a walk through the countryside around the village of Reeth in Swaledale, North Yorkshire.
An amateur film by Derek Mathieson showing views around the island of Lindisfarne on the Northumberland coast.
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 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.
An Industrial film produced by the Carborundum Company showing the milling, grinding and polishing processes carried out at the factory of Sir Howard Grubb, Parsons and company of Newcastle upon Tyne to transform a 98" diameter low expansion disc into a lens or concave mirror for use at the Isaac Newton Telescope being constructed at Herstmonceux in Sussex.
An amateur film made by Kenneth Douglas, Managing Director of Austin and Pickersgill of Sunderland between 1956 and 1967, showing the construction and launch of the yacht Radiant II built at the yard between 1960 and 1961. The yacht was built for Basil M. Mavroleon of Fairwinds Navigation Ltd and completed on the 16th July 1961.
An promotional film produced by Turner’s Film Productions for Doxford and Hawthorn Leslie Engineering Ltd, a new company created in June 1970 to design and build the Doxford Seahorse, a turbo-charged 2 stroke opposed piston cross-head type unit with maximum continuous rating of 250 break-horse-power at 300 revolutions per minute. The film shows the construction of this new type of engine at both the Hawthorn Leslie Engineers Ltd in Hebburn and the Doxford and Sunderland Ltd Pallion yard in Sunderland where it is also tested.