An amateur film produced and narrated by David Williams comparing the postage stamps of the southern African Kingdom of Lesotho with their real-life locations visited on a trip to the country in 1972 by special invitation of King Moshoeshoe II. The film begins at the border with South Africa followed by views of the capital city Maseru including the Lesotho Royal Palace where the king is filmed being mobbed by his people. The film includes a number of excursions to visits some of the countries well known attractions including the prehistoric dinosaur tracks in the western parts of the country, the cave paintings at Ha Barona and a special excision by aircraft to see the Maletsunyane Falls. As well as a commentary, the film also features a musical track sung in the local dialect.
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.
Unedited footage shot by David Williams of the 100th Durham Miners Gala on Saturday 16th July 1983. The film begins in Durham Market Place with the procession of banners and colliery brass bands waiting to begin the march to Durham Racecourse. General views follow as the procession make its way out of Silver Street and along Sadler Street. Passing The County Hotel, future Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock and wife Glenys stand beside the then Labour leader Michael Foot. They all applaud as the banners pass. From a platform on the racecourse, Arthur Scargill, President of the National Union of Mineworkers, gives an impassioned speech about the future of coalmining in the region. General views follow of various banners on display intercut with archive footage of a previous gala. The final part of the film shows the procession of banners and colliery bands marching along Elvet Bridge and Old Elvet.
An amateur film made by David Williams of the naming ceremony for a new British Rail Class 91 locomotive "Durham Cathedral" on the platform at Durham Station on the 4th May 1993. The film begins with the choir of Durham Cathedral performing on the platform followed by speeches being made by Brian Birdstall(?), Director of Intercity east coast route and John Arnold, Dean of Durham Cathedral. The name plate is revealed by John Arnold and the film ends on the choir performing again intercut with views of the locomotive.
The film begins with a large banner showing the British Rail Intercity logo.
An amateur film by David Williams that uses maps, plans, engravings, archive photographs as well as moving images to tell the story of how during the during the 19th century Durham City was connected to the railway via a series of branch lines.
An amateur film by David Williams of The Gospel Story in Flowers festival taking place inside St Nicholas' Church on Durham's Market Place in July 1996. The film begins with the church being prepared for the festival and the flowers arriving. A sermon is given in the church followed by various views of the many displays of flowers that have all been designed to tells the story of the life, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus from the St John's Gospel. A musical concert follows next and a sermon given by Fiona Castle. The film ends on a violin solo with piano accompaniment comes next intercut with more views from around the church.
An amateur film by David Williams of a memorial service taking place beside the Bede College Memorial Cross in Durham in memory of the Bede Men who fell at Gravenstafel Ridge on the 25th April 1915. The film shows various speeches being given, prayers said and hymns sung with music provided by The Burah Band of the Durham Light Infantry who stand nearby. Following the playing of ‘The Last Post’ , a wreath is laid and the service brought to a close. The film part of the film shows the Burah Band performing on stage.
An amateur film showing miners banners and colliery brass bands marching along Old Elvet past the County Hotel on Saturday 19th July 1958 as part of the annual Durham Miners Gala. As we well as the banners and bands, the film also records men and women dancing happily in the street as well as the large crowds that had come out to witness the procession.
An amateur film made by Richard Annand of a Red Cross parade taking place on Palace Green in Durham in 1953, possibly related to the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The film also includes views of Richard’s family at home near Durham.
An amateur film made by the Neesham family of Redcar of a visit to London during the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on the 2nd June 1953. The first part of the film shows various views across the city of some of the decorated buildings along The Mall, outside Westminster Abbey and along Oxford Street. The second part of the film shot from the crowds waiting for the Royal procession to pass captures some of the various military bands, platoons of soldiers and other personnel marching past. The final part of the film captures the Gold State Coach passing, and the young Queen inside waving at the crowds.
An amateur film recording a wedding taking place in Redcar on 7th February 1955 begins with the bride and her father posing for a photographer outside the church. Following the service, a small crowd watches the happy couple as they pose for official photographs along with their friends and family. At the reception views of the cake as well as the groom making a speech. The film end with the couple leaving the reception venue and arriving at their new home together.
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.
This home movie made by the Neesham family of Redcar predominantly featuring the young family playing with their children, alongside family and friends, in the gardens of a number of houses. The film also features the family taking a walk through a new housing estate and participating in a schools sports day. The film also features a wedding that not only features the couple posing with the families for photographs, but also the reception taking place inside a hall. The final part of the film shows the family visiting Flamingo Land in North Yorkshire and views of the many animals there.
A home movie made by the Neesham family of Redcar recording a number of Roman Catholic processions, events and services relating to Sacred Heart Church in the town. The film begins with views from possibly two Corpus Christi Processions taking place both in the countryside as well as a town. This is followed by a group of women attending a religious garden party of event in the grounds of a large house. A procession of civic dignitaries and religious leaders are filmed entering the Church of the Sacred Heart, possibly in Redcar, as part of a religious service. Views show a number of Catholic clerics leaving a church are followed with another religious service taking place in the ruins of a church or abbey where the film ends.
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.
A compilation of outtakes from the Tyne Tees Television Today at Six news programme broadcast on 5 August 1976 documenting official celebrations for athletes Brendan Foster, Dennis Coates and David Jenkins on their return from the Montreal Summer Olympics. Coates competed in the men’s 3000 metres steeplechase, Jenkins in the 400 metres final, and Foster won a bronze medal in the 10,000 metres.
An amateur film recording the stone laying ceremony for the Tynemouth Technical School on Preston Road in North Shields on the 26th February 1958. The film begins with general views of the school under construction followed by the arrival of dignitaries as well as a group of school boys onto the snowy site. There is a short dedication service by a priest followed by the stone being officially put into position by the Mayor of Tynemouth, Councillor A.R. Vella. A second man makes a speech and followed by everyone leaving. The film ends on a view of the stone inscription.
A home movie produced by William Taylor of Tynemouth that focuses of his daughter Janet from a small baby to her 1st birthday. The film begins with a family Christmas with William and his wife opening presents while Janet sits in a chair nearby. The remainder of the film features both parents playing with their daughter around the family home and garden as well as the mother bathing and feeding the child on a number of occasions. The film also uses some brief stop motion sequences to show babies bottles appearing and disappearing. The film ends with Janet’s first birthday party which features a birthday cake.
A home movie made by William Taylor of Tynemouth begins with two girls enjoying a Christmas at home with their parents. The film changes to show two boys sitting at a table eating their breakfast followed by them visiting a fairground, possibly Spanish City at Whitley Bay, where they are seen taking a number of rides. The film changes to show views of a trip to Sweden which focuses on the two girls seen previously playing on a number of rides in a playground and visiting a zoo. The family take a journey to the Arctic Circle and the girls go sledding. The film changes to show the two girls swimming together in an outdoor pool and the film ends on the ferry journey back to the United Kingdom.
An amateur film of the wedding of John Dixon and Mavis Jackson taking place at All Saints Church in Lanchester, County Durham on the 7th September 1968. The film begins with the groom and best man arriving at the church followed by guests, bridesmaids and finally the bride and her father. Following the service, the wedding party poses for photographs for before leaving for the reception-taking place at the Freemason's Arms in nearby Consett where they are seen arriving and going inside. The film also shows inside the venue, but is very dark. The film ends with a woman working in a small kitchen.
An amateur film produced by John Dixon of the wedding of Susan and Peter Goodwin at The Church of St John the Baptist in the village of Quebec, County Durham. The film begins with guests arriving at the church including the bride and her father. Following the service, the film shows the happy couple being directed for their official wedding photographs while other wedding guests stand around watching.
An amateur film by John Dixon recording views in and around the hamlet of Quebec and village of Lanchester in County Durham. As well as views around each locations, the film also shows the surrounding countryside shot from nearby hills. Lanchester is also filmed in snow where an Armistice Day procession is also seen. The final section of the film show views around the town of Wrexham in Wales including the Plas Madoc housing estate which is still under construction during the time of filming.
Tyne Tees TV sports presenter Ian Edwards covers the Newcastle United football squad’s emotional visit to the Wilkinson Sword factory in Cramlington with manager Joe Harvey in the week after their FA Cup final defeat at Wembley on Saturday 4 May 1974. This filmed report was broadcast on the regional news programme Northern Life a few years later on 5 January 1977.
An amateur film made by John Martin Jackson recording Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee celebrations taking part in Hexham, Northumberland in 1977. The film records a procession of decorative floats travelling through the town as well as a large street party. As well as footage of the jubilee, the film includes rural scenes filmed in and around Derwent Reservoir in County Durham where small pleasure boats are filmed on the water.
An amateur film made by Jim Purcell of the opening of the Tyne Tunnel by Queen Elizabeth II on the 19th October 1967 followed by views from a car as it drives through the newly opened tunnel. The final part of the film shows views of St Paul’s Monastery in Jarrow in the snow.