This Open University and BBC production looks at the legacy of the decline in coal mining in County Durham. It looks at the history of specific communities all within a few miles of each other and how the rise and fall of coal mining affects them and what it has meant for their future.
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.
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.
Amateur record of the North Tyne and Redesdale Agricultural Society Show at Bellingham on 28 August in the 1960s filmed by Vic Cross.
An amateur study by John Percival Staddon shows the colours, the weather and attractions at home in the North East and North Yorkshire of the four seasons.
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 made by John Percival Staddon that records views of attractions and landmarks in the Lake District and North Yorkshire.
A promotional film produced by Turners Film Productions for Vaux and Associated Breweries Limited looking back on a year of sporting success across Scotland and Northern England sponsored by Vaux. The film is introduced and ended by the Chairman of the company, Mr Douglas Nicholson and the film features athletics from Gateshead, show jumping from Edinburgh, archery from County Durham, junior motor racing from Charterhall in Berwickshire, cycling from Wolsingham, golf from Stanley as well as horse racing from Redcar and Ayr. The film also features the presentation of mini-minor motor cars to winners of Vaux ‘Spot the Ball’ competition and the 1961 Lille to the North East pigeon race.
A short professional film produced for Vaux Breweries about the Vaux Mountain Trail fell running event taking place in the Lake District sponsored by the company. The event attracts more than 200 amateur runners who follow a route through six check-points starting in the Kentmere Valley, across the Fairfield Range and over Kentmere Pike. The punishing route reaches heights of more the 2500ft above sea level. The film show runners preparing themselves before the race as well as an interview with one of the competitors; Josh Naylor. From the ground as well as in the air the film follows the runners as they complete the route and the film ends with winner Martin Hudson crossing the finish line.
An amateur film made by Raymond James Paiton of a Northumbrian Motor Club rally taking place around Northumberland. The film begins at the Anglers Arms at Weldon Bridge near Morpeth where male and female drivers prepare for the start of the rally. Cars leave one at a time and arrive at a checkpoint along a country road where they perform a reversing manoeuvre. More views shows the vehicles travelling through the rural landscape and crossing a ford and the film ends with them arriving at the finish in the grounds of a large country house.
An amateur film made by Raymond James Paiton of the Northumbrian Motor Club rally taking place around Northumberland. Beginning at Anglers Arms at Weldon Bridge near Morpeth competitors head off in the Northumbrian countryside. Along a country road two women and a man stand chatting, the man playing with a large flag. Around a bend a number of cars drive past and the film ends on a group in a field competing in a game of tug-o-war.