This amateur film photographed by H.H. Johnston from a story by J.N. Peterson shows an amateur football match, a group of walkers explore Riding Mill, Slaley, Blanchland and the seaside, followed by miscellaneous shots of other destinations by the group. 'Life Begins With A Ball' shows a baby playing with a ball, then three older children play and finally 'Bowls' a crown green bowling match.
This home movie shows a number of favourite North East destinations for a family to relish the open air, either in the countryside or next to water such as Derwentside in County Durham and Tynemouth. More of a holiday excursion appears later in the film as the family visit the west country before returning north again.
A variety of topics are covered in this home movie including views of rough seas, a family business premises and also a gentleman tests his riding skill on an old penny farthing bicycle.
A home movie begins with a family visit to the Lake District possibly visiting family, before returning to the region and travels along the Northumberland coast taking in Bamburgh, Seahouses and Berwick upon Tweed. The film ends with views of a snowy Gateshead.
A home movie of a holiday in Scotland, taking in the landscape and old historic locations and buildings
A home movie showing a family taking a trip by car into the County Durham countryside around High Force waterfall. The family are then filmed in Northumberland visiting Cragside and Bamburgh before finishing in Seahouses watching the fishing boats being unloaded.
A home movie of a holiday or visit to St Abbs in the Scottish Borders and Berwick upon Tweed in Northumberland.
A commercial travelogue presented by Royal Sutcliffe in which a couple travel by train to Yorkshire to explore the county. They begin their journey in York before visiting Harrogate, Fountains Abbey, Ripley, Byland and Rievaulx abbeys and Helmseley where they watch a woman weave on a loom. They travel onto the coast visiting Staithes, Whitby, Robin Hoods Bay and Scarborough before visiting Lord Derwent's Estate on the outskirts of Hackness. The final part shows views of Filey, Bempton Cliffs where men collect eggs, Flamborough and Bridlington where the film ends.
An amateur film made by Stockton-on-Tees toyshop proprietor Leslie Brown of a family holiday to Dinard on the Cote d’Emeraude of Brittany, France in July 1955. The film begins with the filmmaker's son Tony Brown preparing to leave the family home in Norton near Stockton and the family flying from Newcastle Municipal Airport to Dinard. Arriving at their destination, the family enjoy the local beach, visiting the local market and take a boat journey to the town of St Malo. The film ends with the family flying home and Tony unloading suitcases from the family car.
A home movie made by J. Donaldson of Stockton-on-Tees begins with a family trip to the beach at Seaburn near Sunderland. A man carrying a small child is accompanied by three women who have fun together on the sand. The film cuts to show rides inside an amusement park possibly Seaburn’s Ocean Beach Park. A phantom car ride following a Reliant Regal cuts to show a set of animated titles. The film ends with a man coming out of a gate and getting into a car.
This amateur film footage by an environmental health officer at Gateshead Council, Stephen Gray, documents the streets and parks of South Shields, Gateshead, and Durham. It also includes footage of diesel locomotives at Durham, Carlisle, Newcastle upon Tyne and Boldon Colliery railway stations, a visit to Whitby and a school fete, probably in Gateshead.
A home movie made by Daniel Webster, believed a vice-principle of Bede College in Durham, of his family made between 1947 and 1957. The focus of the film is his two children who are seen growing from children to adults. The film records a number of domestic scenes of the family such as Christmas and holidays to the Lake District, Scotland and Ulster. The film includes a number of acted sequences featuring family members as well as shots 50's domestic scenes. The film also includes views from two Durham Miners Gala (1952 and 1955?) as well as motorbikes at Belmont Park and the Durham Regatta showing rowers on the river Wear.
A home movie produced by David Williams featuring his family begins with his wife and son Simon on the beach at Crimdon Dene near Hartlepool. This is followed by a day travelling Hadrian’s Wall visiting Corbridge Roman Station, the Temple of Mithras and Housesteads Roman Fort. Another day trip to Upper Weardale follows with the family enjoying the moorland landscape and visiting the then derelict Killhope lead mine. The final part of the film features the family walking a section of the river Tees from Barnard Castle, through Startforth to High Force waterfall near Middleton-in-Teesdale where the film ends.
An amateur film which begins with a procession of decorative floats and a juvenile jazz band parading along a road, believed to be in Sunderland. Due to the political messages of some of the floats the event may relate to a local student rag week. The remainder of the reel features views of a football match taking place in Spain and views from a hotel veranda.
A home movie made by the Neesham family of Redcar begins in Nottingham with views of the Trent Building of Nottingham University and a Scottish marching band performing in the grounds of Nottingham Castle. A visit to the grounds of Wollaton Hall is followed by a procession of decorative floats, costumed youngsters and juvenile jazz band march through a street in Redcar. The film ends with the family on the beach at Redcar.
A home movie made by the Neesham family of Redcar begins with a woman taking her new-born child to show colleagues at ICI Wilton near Redcar. Women at work in a laboratory and office are followed by a visit to the Wilton site by Princess Margaret and views of the women waiting to see the Royal visitor. The film also features a hockey match between men and women taking place in a field near Wilton and a visit to Scarborough. The remainder of the film consists of a series of weddings that generally begin with the bride and her father posing for the camera followed by the couple after the service posing for photographs. The final wedding also features the reception and the film ends with the couple and other guests leaving the venue, some carrying section of wedding cake.
Filmed report for the Tyne Tees Television Northern Life news programme, broadcast on 1 November 1976. Reporter Tony Cook spends time with three lighthouse keepers working at the Longstone Lighthouse on Longshore Rock off the Northumberland coast, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary. One of the keepers, David Hindmarch, claims to have experienced a haunting at the lighthouse, said to be the ghost of Grace Darling.
This film is a meditative look at activity on the river Tees, split into three sections. The first and longest section looks at the work of the famous Transporter Bridge which links Middlesbrough on the south bank of the Tees with Port Clarence on the north bank. The next section follows the work of Foyboatmen, who assist with the mooring of large vessels coming into port. The final section looks at the area of Greatham Creek on the north side of the Tees with its fishermen and associated houseboats.
This Tyne Tees Television Today at Six news item covers the comical chaos of a homemade boats race across Seahouses harbour in the first year of May Week celebrations in the Northumbrian coastal village. The report was originally broadcast on 7 May 1975.
This film by amateur filmmaker John Percival Staddon looks at places and events mainly around the Sunderland and South Shields area. The film begins in Sunderland with Billy Smarts circus parading through the town followed by a study of traffic in the town centre. A visit to a local attraction at the coast is Marsden Rock at South Shields. A brief visit to the night lights in Manchester, then to the North East coast at Seaburn. Next, south to Aysgarth Falls in North Yorkshire is followed by celebrations at a church in Houghton le Spring. Transport finishes the programme with the final remnants of the tram service in Sunderland and rare footage of the 'Halfpenny' Ferry on the river Wear.
An amateur film by John Percival Staddon which shows off the attractions of North East of England. A church fete begins the film followed by visits to North Yorkshire, including Newby Hall near Ripon and Staithes on the North Yorkshire Coast. Back up to Northumberland and the work of fishermen at Seahouses. Views show Christmas lights in Sunderland, and the Shields Ferry service between North Shields and South Shields. The film ends with footage of the Borgsten, at the time of filming the largest ship to be built on the Wear.
A selection of family films made by John Percival Staddon at home and on holiday. The first film involves the assembly of a model railway which leads to a young girl dreaming about full size trains. Other sections include bicycle maintenance and passing a road safety test. The final part shows a family on holiday and visits to the Durham coast at Marsden and countryside around Piercebridge.