The second of two documentary programmes, produced by Tyne Tees Television and transmitted 5 January 1986. Presenter Magnus Magnusson explores the public face of the island of Lindisfarne and the tourists and visitors who come to the island each year. The film looks at benefits and problems for local residents of accommodating half a million visitors to the island.
This is a compilation of colour home movie footage, filmed between 1946 and 1947 by Middlesbrough based dentist and amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown. The film consists of portraits of the filmmaker’s father, Tom Brown Senior, and his son and daughter, Tony and Helen, and an interesting scene in which Tom Brown performs a tooth extraction on his six year old son in the garden. Another sequence captures aerial views of the coastline and urban Teesside region, filmed in 1947 from a British light aircraft, the Auster Autocrat. Footage includes family travel in Switzerland and the Alps in the summer of 1947, and holidays in North Yorkshire, Cumbria, and the Scottish Border.
This home movie made in 1945 by amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown records a family holiday in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, shortly after the end of the Second World War. The film shows many historical sites, landmarks and monuments around Berwick-upon-Tweed. These include the three bridges that span the River Tweed, the Elizabethan military fortifications around the old town and the ruins of Berwick Castle. In addition, there is good footage of local salmon net fishing in Berwick-upon-Tweed harbour.
Local author, Scott Dobson, goes in search of the Geordie character. He looks at various aspects of the region that may have moulded the people - the coal mining, fishing and shipbuilding industries, and the dangers and poverty involved. Local humourist Dick Irwin contributes anecdotes and sketches. This Tyne Tees Television documentary in the About Britain series was originally broadcast on 6 August 1975.
A Tyne Tees Television autobiographical documentary about Jack Charlton, of local and world footballing fame, on a return visit to his family in Ashington far away from the world of top class soccer. Charlton attends a whippet race with his two sons, visits the coast he knew as a child, and joins friends and family for a drink and game of bingo in Ashington and District Working Men's Club. As he enjoys the sounds of a local brass band performing in the town, he wistfully wishes he had learned to play a brass instrument.
A Tyne Tees Television documentary co-produced with Border Television in which author and journalist Hunter Davies gives a personal walking tour of Hadrian's Wall from Wallsend in the east to Bowness on the Solway Firth in the west. Originally transmitted on 10 June 1974 the film looks at the history of Hadrian's Wall and the people who live and work around the wall today.
A promotional film produced by Trident Television for Tyne Tees and Yorkshire Television to illustrate the vast consumer markets in the North East and Yorkshire regions and to attract commercial advertisers. The film uses various montages showing industry, housing and retail across both the Yorkshire, Teesside, Durham and Tyne and Wear areas.
This is a 1970 promotional film made by Turners Film Productions in Newcastle for Jackson the Tailor Limited, one of the most famous English menswear brands of the sixties and seventies. The film shows the mass production of quality suits in the factory tailoring industry, where wages were paid 'on piece rates', or paid by the garment. Footage depicts the craftsmanship involved in producing a hand cut, individually tailored garment.
Amateur home movie compilation with intertitles made by the Middlesbrough filmmaker Tom H. Brown. Covering the years 1930-1933, the film records a family tour of the Scottish Borders from Berwick-Upon-Tweed to Edinburgh, Melrose and Gretna Green. Includes footage of the salmon fishing industry in Berwick Upon Tweed and of the arrival of HRH Prince of Wales for the official opening of Constantine College, Middlesbrough, on 2 July 1930. The racing personality, Sir Henry Segrave, and his boat the 'Miss England II' feature in scenes from the Lake District. This material was probably filmed shortly before Segrave set the water speed record at Windermere on 13 June 1930.
Employees from the Newcastle department store, J. L. McAdam Limited, head to the seaside at Beadnell Bay, Northumberland, for their annual staff outing on 24 June 1937.
An amateur film produced by Durham Police Constabulary to promote Durham Police Cadets. The film shows both male and female cadets at Hardwick Camp, Sedgefield and taking part in various training and outdoor activities.
This sponsored film by Turners Film Productions documents the various stages in the mining, processing of coal, and environmental restoration of the land for agricultural and leisure activities at the 2,000 acre Radar North opencast mine site, at Widdrington, near Morpeth, in Northumberland County. The mine operated under a National Coal Board contract between 1957 and 1972. The film records the operation of the UK’s largest dragline system at the time, known as 'Big Geordie,' which worked at Radar North from 1969 to 1976 for Derek Crouch Mining Limited. It also shows how production, restoration and conservation work together in this method of mining.
This Turners film production sponsored by Sunderland council highlights the advantages of the Sunderland region as a place to live, commercial centre and location for industry. The film documents Sunderland’s successful industries, such as engineering, shipbuilding, Pyrex glass manufacturing, and tailoring, and promotes Sunderland Corporation’s redesign of residential, educational and business centres. Footage includes excellent shots of Sunderland’s famous glass blowers, scenes from the launch of the 'Montrose,' slum clearance, and construction of the Derwent Reservoir. Includes voice-over and music soundtrack.
A highly visual essay on the North East of England, set to a specially composed musical score. A range of images, often using time lapse, double exposure and slow motion, combine in a colourful montage to present an overview of the region's history and development.
Record of the Kielder reservoir construction project in all its stages, from mapping the area by plane to the final impounding. The scheme was conceived in the mid 1960s. The reservoir was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1982.
A documentary film that follows the campaign organised by the miners and citizens of the villages of Blackhill and Scremerston in Northumberland to fight the National Coal Board's decision to close the Blackhill Colliery. Following their defeat the film then follows them in their efforts to open a private drift mine at Allerdean.
An industrial film that shows the construction, opening and extended use of the Derwent Reservoir in County Durham. The film includes the opening of the reservoir by Princess Alexandra in July 1967 and then goes on to examine the reasons for building it and some of the technical innovations and difficulties that had to be developed or overcome, by the civil engineers.
A promotional film made for Northumberland County Council to encourage people to move to Northumberland. The film uses case studies of three families recently moved to the area. These include the Richardson family from Whitley Bay, the Target family from Killingworth and the Randall family from the Tyne Valley near Hexham. The film explores issues of housing, industry, shopping, nightlife, leisure activities and education.
This early actuality film of local topical news items features highlights from the Berwick Infirmary Cup football final between Eyemouth Rangers and Belford, played at the Stanks on June 29th 1929, and scenes from the Berwick May Fair in 1928. The film also includes an evocative 'phantom ride' through Walkergate Lane, a back street in a poor area of Berwick, during May Fair celebrations. In the final scene, fish merchants gather at an auction on the Berwick quayside, including a member of the Holmes family, fish merchants in Berwick since the 1800s. The film of the Berwick Infirmary Cup was due to be screened that same week at the Berwick Playhouse.
A quirky amateur documentary that records some of the ship launches and maritime life on the River Tyne in the 1960s and 1970s. Footage includes Swan Hunter shipyard launches of the Royal Navy ship HMS Norfolk, the Tyne Pride and Esso Northumbria super tankers, river and harbour pilots on the Tyne, and the last voyage of a Fred Olsen Lines Norwegian cruise ship, Braemar. A home-recorded track of songs, actual sound, sound effects, and personal commentary accompanies the film.
This promotional film was produced by Strathclyde Films for the Hardy Brothers of Alnwick and London, a famous family business that manufactured and sold fishing equipment in Alnwick, near the Scottish border. The film offers instruction in the art of fly fishing and casting, demonstrated by Ian Blackburn, a casting champion, and James Hardy, the grandson of the founders of the company, and Company Director at this time. The craft of making quality fishing rods from bamboo cane at the Hardy factory in Alnwick is then recorded in detail.
An amateur film made by the Northumberland County Fire Brigade of the official opening ceremony for the brigade’s new headquarters at Loansdean, Morpeth in 1968. The film includes footage of speeches at the formal ceremony and firemen taking part in various demonstrations.
An amateur film made by the Northumberland County Fire Brigade in the winter of 1954 of a civil defence exercise carried out in Kyloe Wood in Northumberland.
An overview of the North East Electricity Board's (NEEB) area of operation covering all regions in the North East, with music and commentary. Includes footage of NEEB electricity showrooms at Carliol House in Newcastle and retail activities, NEEB displays at the Yorkshire Show in Harrogate and the Durham County Show, workers leaving Rowntrees factory in York. Industries documented include open cast mining at Ashington and Monkwearmouth Colliery, Swan Hunters ship yard, manufacture of television cathode ray tubes in Sunderland, Patons and Baldwins wool factory in Darlington, and sequences on NEEB working practices.
A promotional film by Turners Productions for the Norwegian firm Kavli, the Primula cheese makers. The film elaborates on the historical links between Norway, Scarborough and the North East of England. It documents the Kavli chain of cheese production from Norway to the UK base for Primula cheese manufacture in Gateshead’s Team Valley, opened in 1959. Includes footage of the Festival of Norway in Scarborough in 1966, which celebrated the founding of the town by Viking settlers 1,000 years previously, and the automated production process for Primula cheese and Kavli crispbreads in the Kavli factory at Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead. Kavli first set up operations in Cramlington back in 1936.