Sponsored film produced by Turners Film Productions for Swan Hunters that records the launch of the MS Manora cargo ship into the River Tyne on 9 March 1970. The ship was built by Swan Hunter Shipbuilders at the Neptune yard in Wallsend, and broken up in Bangkok in 1988.
A promotional film made for the County Borough of Gateshead by Montagu Pictures of Newcastle of a visit to Gateshead by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on Wednesday 22 February 1939. The film shows the royal couple arriving by train at Gateshead Station, visiting a children’s hospital in Gateshead before moving on to open the Northern Eastern Trading Estates at Team Valley.
A promotional film of a visit by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to open the Team Valley Trading Estate in Gateshead on Wednesday 22nd February 1939. The royal couple also visit the Labour Training Centre and unveil a commemorative plaque.
A comprehensive amateur travelogue through the rural and urban landscape of Northumberland and Tyne and Wear filmed by Vic Cross.
Comprehensive amateur city documentary on Newcastle upon Tyne, filmed in the 1950s. The film records Newcastle's historical architecture and monuments; annual ceremonies such as Remembrance Day and a church parade; health services; shopping and the Sunday morning market on the Quayside; factories; colliery; transport and Central Railway Station; industry and docks on the River Tyne; sporting events such as Newcastle United at St James' Park, Gosforth races, the Newcastle Race Week Festival, known as the Hoppings on the Town Moor; and Newcastle nightlife featuring rock and roll dancers at the Walkerdene youth centre.
Amateur travelogue that explores town, country and seascapes of Northumberland including Lindisfarne, Seaton Sluice, and Morpeth, the city of Newcastle including the Quayside Sunday market and Jesmond Dene, and the North Tyneside coastal towns of Tynemouth, Cullercoats, and St Mary's Island. Footage also features hiking and camping along Hadrian's Wall and a visit to Edinburgh in Scotland.
A home movie by amateur filmmaker Ronald Torbet featuring his two sisters, Vera and Maureen, his brother, James Alan Torbet, and parents at home in Bright Street, Roker. The film also features a cricket match between Bede and Monkwearmouth and crowds attending a football match taking place at Roker Park, the home of Sunderland Association Football Club (SAFC).
A record of the working life and industrial landscape of ICI's Billingham Wharf, and the official opening on October 15th 1935 of the Coal Hydrogenation Petrol Plant of ICI Billingham, by former National Labour Party Prime Minister, M.P. James Ramsay MacDonald.
A Turners Newsreel Service film of the launch of the TSS Principe Perfeito on the 22nd September 1960 from Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd Neptune Works at Walker-on-Tyne. The ship (used for passenger and troop services) was built for Companhia Nacional de Navegacao (CNN), Lisbon. The film shows views of the ship, arrival of guests, blessing and launching.
A film produced by Turners Film Productions showing the launching of the HMS Exeter from the Neptune Yard of Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Ltd at Walker-on-Tyne on the 28th April 1978. Sponsor is Mrs Joan Mulley wife of the Rt. Hon. Frederick William Mulley, Secretary of State for Defence. Large numbers of guests and dignitaries attend, including representatives from the Royal Navy.
This amateur film documents the official opening of the New Tyne Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, on the 10 October 1928 by King George V and Queen Mary. The film includes footage of the arrival of the royal train at Jesmond and the procession along Northumberland Street. This film was one of the earliest productions by the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
This documentary compilation of events from 1933 was filmed by members of Newcastle Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), including George Cummin. Includes footage of the aftermath of a gas explosion in Carville Street, Gateshead; the Tyneside launch of the first all welded ship, the Peter G. Campbell, a tank barge constructed by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd at their Wallsend Shipyard, unusual footage in that it is filmed from a boat on the river; the (Northumberland) County Amateur Golf Championship at High Gosforth Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne; model boat steering trials at Paddy Freeman's boating lake in Jesmond Dene in mid-summer, and women's snowball fights at Jesmond Dene in winter; barrow sellers and shops in the run up to Christmas on the Newcastle streets. The final sequence represents Christmas Day through a series of staged shots of food, drink and Christmas traditions.
This amateur drama contrasts the lives of two brothers employed in marine engineering on Tyneside, with heavy industry such as shipbuilding hit hard by the Depression in 1930s Britain. One brother shirks work and evening classes, and turns to womanising, gambling and crime. The other works hard and is successful. The film includes footage of the annual Hoppings travelling funfair held on the Town Moor, Newcastle upon Tyne, the new Brough Park Greyhound Stadium in Byker, and of Whitley Bay. This fiction film is a Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
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.
This tongue-in-cheek promotional film was produced for the North East Region of the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers (NERIAC), which hosted the national IAC Annual General Meeting and film festival in Newcastle in October 1987. It was written and directed by Michael Gough, a member of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association. Includes time-lapse footage of South Shields-born animator Sheila Graber at work.
An amateur film by Bob Wrightson recording various events and activities taking place in the village of Murton in County Durham during the 1970s. Events recorded include a costume parade as part of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977 and the dedication of a memorial plaque in 1976 to local Victoria Cross recipient William McNally. The film also records a number of important local events such as the construction of the new A19 motorway around the village and the demolition of the Rex Cinema on Knareborough Road. The film also records a number of winters when the village was covered in snow.
A compilation of events and activities recorded by members of the Middlesbrough Fire Brigade showing demonstrations, exercises and presentations taking place in and around their headquarters on Park Road South in Middlesbrough. The film also shows various parades of vintage and modern appliances travelling around Middlesbrough.
An amateur film made by members of the Cleveland Cine Club about the River Tees, tracing the course of the river from Cauldron Snout falls in County Durham, downstream at High Force waterfall in Teesdale, and on to Middlesbrough and the launch from Smith's Dock of the semi-submersible oilrig Ocean Prince on the 25th July 1965. The film features views of the Tees Newport Bridge and Transporter Bridge.
An amateur film made by Betty Cook showing the building and opening of a Dunlop Company Ltd and India Tyres factory, possibly near Middlesbrough. The film shows the construction of both the factory units and office block, and the official opening on the 16th January 1969. A Nobles Transport articulated lorry delivers tyres to the factory and the film ends with a young boy, Martin Cook, coming out of the industrial unit pulling a fibreglass Dunlop green groundhog toy.
An amateur film made by Peter Dobing of the Darlington Video Film Makers showing the final lifting of the Tees Newport Bridge in Middlesbrough on the 18th December 1990.
An amateur film made by John H. Hall and Neil Bramwell of the construction of St. Wilfrid’s Parish Church in the Newbiggin Hall estate of Newcastle upon Tyne between 1965 and 1967. The film begins with views of a religious service taking place in a hall, possibly Tenant’s Hall, before the church was built. Construction begins on the church with foundations and building frames being installed. The foundation stone is laid in a service led by the Right Reverend Hugh Ashdown, Bishop of Newcastle on 10th December 1966. More work is carried out on the interior of the church and, with work completed, the film records the dedication service-taking place on the 2nd June 1967 also led by Hugh Ashdown. The final part of the film shows a number of religious services taking place in the new church including a communion, funeral and baptism. Following the main film, additional black and white footage show a service taking place in the church with views of the congregation.
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 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.
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.