This is a Tyne Tees Television interview with Hollywood actress Jayne Mansfield in Newcastle, originally broadcast on 31 March 1967. Ms Mansfield is in the region performing cabaret in both Newcastle and South Shields. She responds to a negative news report in the Daily Mirror about her show and talks about what she thinks of the people of the north east. Report by Bob Langley.
Tyne Tees Television footage transmitted 26 July 1967 showing parrots performing various tricks for a crowd. One parrot drives a car, another peddles a scooter and another rides a bicycle along a high wire.
Reporter Marion Foster interviews the famous Jarrow author Catherine Cookson about her new book ‘The Round Tower’ and the north east character for the Tyne Tees Television Six Five news magazine transmitted 1 May 1968.
A Tyne Tees Television news magazine report transmitted 19 November 1968 on a new production of William Shakespeare’s Richard II taking place at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle by the Prospect Theatre Company with an interview with the lead actor Ian McKellen.
Tyne Tees Television reporter Martin Young interviews American singer, actress and dancer Eartha Kitt at the The Five Bridges Hotel (later known as the Swallow Hotel), Gateshead, following her successful performance in South Shields the previous night. She is asked if her performance changes for different types of audience, about the difference between her public image to her private life and about her image as a sex symbol and old-fashioned millionaire chaser. This report was transmitted 6 April 1971.
Tyne Tees Television reporter Brian Shallcross interviews Brian Shelton, the Artistic Director of the Forum Theatre, Billingham, and director of a new production of ‘The Clandestine Marriage’. The story continues with an interview with actress Michelle Dotrice who is performing in the play about her role, her career and her famous farther Roy Dotrice. This report was transmitted 6 April 1971.
Tyne Tees Television reporter Alister Harrison interviews a man about a new sports centre opened at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea. The man talks about the new facilities available at the centre including a surgery where people can speak with a doctor about their sports requirements. The centre is unusual in that it is based on similar centres seen by the man while visiting Hungary in the Eastern Bloc. The report was transmitted on the 11 July 1973.
Tyne Tees Television reporter Phil McDonnell interviews Paul and Linda McCartney on the stage of Newcastle City Hall where they will be performing in their band Wings. The report, transmitted 11 July 1973, begins with views of the crew setting up on stage followed by the couple being asked about performing again to live audiences and what has changed in his music since the days of The Beatles
Phil McDonnell introduces this atmospheric news feature on Newcastle United’s 1974 FA Cup Final defeat against Liverpool at Wembley on 4 May for this Tyne Tees TV Today at Six Cup Special. The focus is on the empty city streets and fans watching the match on televisions at home and in a local pub. Includes vox pops with fans. This was broadcast on 14 May 1974.
Tyne Tees Television reporter Peter Holland interviews rock and roll star Tommy Steele from the stage of the Sunderland Empire where twenty years ago he made his stage debut as frontman for ‘The Steelmen’. He recollects that first night and is asked about pop stardom and the course of his career since then. This report was transmitted 14 September 1976.
A report on women’s professional wrestling for the Tyne Tees Television Northern Life news magazine programme broadcast on 16 September 1976. The piece features interviews with British professional, and former British and European Ladies Champion, Mitzi Mueller and her opponent Lolita Loren (?) (real name Chrissy Thompson) who take part in a Brian Dixon All Star Wrestling promotional tour in Newcastle upon Tyne. Includes fight footage and vox pop with a man in the audience.
Tyne Tees Television Six Five news programme interview by Phil McDonnell with British-born American actor Bob Hope, born as Leslie Townes Hope, on his British tour to promote the release of the comedy film ‘Eight on the Lam’’, directed by George Marshall. The item was originally broadcast on 1 June 1968.
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 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 of Queen Elizabeth II coronation celebrations taking place in London as well as Stockton-on-Tees in June 1953 made by local toyshop owner Leslie Brown. The film includes the coronation of the Stockton Coronation Queen at the Globe Theatre and festive decorations in Stockton town centre. At Ropner Park, Stockton’s Coronation Gala takes place, the parade led by the Stockton Coronation Queen. The final part of the film records a Mayor’s Sunday parade on Stockton High Street. The amateur film is intercut with footage and titles from a commercial film of the Corontaion in London at the beginning and end.
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.
An amateur film made by Cyril Hall that focuses on a traction engine rally, possibly the Masham Steam Rally in North Yorkshire. As well as footage of the many engines no display, both full sized and models, the film records other activities taking place around the site including children enjoying the many fairground rides and a hot air balloon in the shape of a beer bottle flying through the sky. As well as steam power, including a steam powered thresher, the film also includes footage of a vintage car rally travelling along a winding road and traditional farming taking place near Holme-on-Spalding-Moor in East Yorkshire where a team of horses plough, harrow and roller a field.
An amateur film made by Cyril Hall begins with views of people riding a miniature railway around a small track. This is followed by two men being interviewed for the media about a number of miniature steam engines and carousels on display in front of them. The film changes to show displays of traction engines and other events taking place as part of the Masham Steam Rally taking place in North Yorkshire on the 17th July 1983. Views of waterfalls, including High Force, are followed by the Middlesbrough Newport Bridge being lifted and lowered again to allow a ship or barge to pass underneath. The film ends with Cyril himself playing one of his street organs outside the Station House Visitors Centre at Castle Eden Walkway Country Park at Christmas.
Three amateur film made between 1995 and 1996 by Albert Austin, former Newcastle City Council’s Chief Building Surveyor. The first film looks at the Town Moor School, a temporary school built on the Town Moor in Newcastle for children of those working at the fair. The second film is of the Newbury Show in Berkshire featuring the Kennet Morris Men performing. The third and final film records Beaver Scouts celebrations taking place inside St George’s Church Hall in Jesmond, Newcastle as part of their 100th anniversary.
This short amateur film by Stephen Gray documents a trip to Tanfield Railway (the world's oldest railway and a former colliery waggonway). This standard gauge heritage railway opened up to passengers in 1982. The line runs from a southern terminus at East Tanfield, Durham, to Sunniside, Gateshead, with the main station at Andrews House, near Marley Hill engine shed.
This amateur footage by Stephen Gray, an Environmental Health Department officer with Gateshead Council, records the return of HMS Illustrious to the Tyne following service in the Falklands War and a Newcastle Water-Ski Grand Prix (power boat racing) in Newcastle upon Tyne.
This amateur film by Stephen Gray includes part two of a record of a trip on the Weardale Railway Steam Special from Darlington to Eastgate and Stanhope through the North Pennines on Sunday, 28 March 1993, the start of a campaign to keep the line open with the formation of the Weardale Railway Preservation Society. Footage also includes a record of a NENTA Train Tour: Weardale Valley Ghost.
This is an amateur 'trainspotting' film made between 1978 and 1979 by Stephen Gray that records various British Rail diesel locomotives arriving and leaving Newcastle Central Station and York Station, plus footage of Gateshead Motive Power Depot in the snow and Boldon Colliery Station.
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 of a family believed to from the Spennymoor area of County Durham begins with a woman and small girl walking through sand dunes looking at a colony of Terns. This is followed by a school sports day in which boys take part in various sporting and gymnastic events on the lawn of a large house. The final part of the film made after the 18th February 1941 following the worst blizzard conditions since 1888 shows the effects of heavy snow around the Spennymoor area including people walking past huge banks of snow and men working to clear the streets.