The first episode of a two-part Tyne Tees Television feature that looks at the landscape, industry, history and traditions of the North East coastline from Whitby to South Shields and the River Tyne, presented by Austin Steele.
A promotional film by Turners Film Unit for the North East Development Council, which records the North East’s recent industrial, commercial, social and cultural successes to encourage businesses and families to move to the region. Includes footage of education, art and entertainment, shopping, and industry from Northumberland down to Tees Valley.
Sponsored film produced for the Washington Development Corporation by Turners Film Productions. Washington was designated a ‘New Town’ in 1964 and expanded dramatically to house overspill population from surrounding cities. This film describes the planning background and development achieved in the first 7 years of constructing Washington’s new self-sufficient "villages," industrial estates, road communications, social amenities and its town centre. The legacy of the coal industry and derelict colliery sites also feature in some scenes. John Edmunds provides the voice over.
Short sponsored film by Turners Film Productions about preserving the history of coal in the Washington area. The film contains a lot of footage inside the old colliery which is now part of the 'F' Pit Museum. The film is narrated by Geordie folk singer Alex Glasgow.
A promotional film made by Turners Film and Video Production for Portsmouth and Sunderland Newspapers Limited that shows how and why the Sunderland Echo newspaper is important to the local communities in and around Sunderland. The film also shows the production of an edition from the writing of a story to the printing and distribution of the finished product. The film shows how the paper uses the latest computer technologies and how it is printed using the offset lithographic printing process.
An amateur film shot in Newcastle during some of the worst winter weather recorded in the region in February 1941. The film shows various suburban and city centre streets under snow and people and vehicles attempting to negotiate them. The film also shows two well dressed women walking beside the River Tyne at Corbridge, a ladies garden party and three people exploring the ruins of a stone structure, possibly a Roman site near to Hadrian's Wall.
A celebration of the potential for business growth in Sunderland with its attractions of housing, schools, cultural facilities and beauty spots, linked with a celebration of Sunderland Football Club winning the Football Association Cup in 1973.
A series of home movies filmed by Dr H. Brenton Porteous between 1928 and 1929 of the Newcastle and Jesmond areas. Events captured include the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary for the opening of the New Tyne Bridge on the 10th October 1928. There are scenes at the Hoppings Fair on Newcastle Town Moor and the Newcastle Quayside Sunday market. The final sections document the North East Coast Exhibition which took place between May and October 1929.
An account of the life and work of the steel community at Consett Iron Company, County Durham. Filmmaker Tom Stobart presents this documentary on the history of the Consett area, the changes at Consett Iron Company since the Second World War, the importance of iron ore, the manufacture of steel and the working lives of the steelworkers. Footage includes steelworkers talking about their working and social lives in the Smelters Arms public house before starting the night shift.
This is an ICI Billingham Film Unit travelogue with an unusual premise and title. The film promotes the North East as a marvellous place to live and work and includes footage of engineers, scientists and draftsmen at the ICI Billingham chemical works and the many social pursuits available for workers: sports at Billingham Synthonia and Wilton Hall Clubs, rowing and sailing on the Wear,Yorkshire Gliding Club at Sutton Bank and rock climbing. The film also tours around local Teesside villages and towns such as picturesque Norton and Stockton-on-Tees on a busy market day. The coastal towns of Saltburn, Staithes (including women in traditional Staithes bonnets) and Whitby are explored as well as the iconic cities of Durham, York and Newcastle (including night time Hoppings scenes on the Town Moor). The final scenes capture the remote landscapes of Weardale and the world of the hill farmers.
A compilation of amateur films by Mr. Kenneth Osbourne-Grant that record a parade of juvenile jazz bands along Alexandra Road in Ashington, launch of the Newbiggin Lifeboat, and a Whitley Bay beauty contest and the Blackpool Illuminations.
An amateur film produced by Betty Cook from the Cleveland Cine Club of the Royal Air Force Exhibition taking place on the Town Moor at Newcastle in 1969. As well as exhibitions showing all areas of service life and equipment, the highlight of the event was the visit by the new Harrier Jump Jet. Accompanying Betty is her husband Arthur who fought as a pilot during World War Two and who gets special access to view the aircraft along with their son Martin.
Amateur footage of a Good Friday parade, which may be in Wallsend, a sports day at South Shields, street views in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, and views from a train travelling from London Kings Cross to Newcastle.
Amateur record of a trip from Newcastle to Spain and Gibraltar aboard the troop-ship-turned-passenger-ship MS Dunera. The film includes views of river and sea traffic, games aboard the ship, and footage of towns visited on the Iberian Peninsula. This may have been a trip by children of Pendower Hall Special School, Newcastle.
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.
An amateur film by Ronald Torbet showing various activities taking place in and around the North Dock, Sunderland. The film shows cargo ships arriving on the River Wear both to be repaired and to unload cargo. The film also features sailing dinghies from the Sunderland Yacht Club, based at the North Dock (now Sunderland Marina), Sunderland Harbour, and the Wear steam ferry WF Vint crossing the Wear.
Amateur film footage of Newcastle Friendship Club members (a social club for older people) on a summer outing and picnic down the River Tyne, the ceremony for the consecration of the new wing of the Joel Intract Memorial Home of Rest for Aged Jews, Sunderland, 1962, and general scenes of Jesmond Dene Public Park in Newcastle. This film is one in a collection of films recording life in the Jewish community of Newcastle, made by five independent film-makers between 1937 and 1962.
A compilation of three short films by Ken Christie begins with a church garden party taking place in Benwell, Newcastle showing table top games organised by the 41st Newcastle Scout Troop and the Mothers Union. The second film is an intriguing look at the Newcastle Hoppings with an emphasis on the Hoppings at night showing hair raising rides, games stalls and side shows all lit in bright colours. The final film shows motor racing from the Aintree motor circuit near Liverpool.
This amateur newsreel of important local events in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1933 was produced by members of Newcastle Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). The film covers the official opening by HRH Prince George, Duke of Kent, of the new Poor Children’s Holiday Association building at 66 Percy Street, Newcastle, headquarters of a charitable organisation that ran numerous projects for underprivileged children. Another item records the Northumberland Plate event at Gosforth Park Races 20 June 1933. The final documentary shorts are of the British Hospitals Air Pageant at Cramlington Aerodrome on Saturday 12 August 1933 with aerobatic displays by, amongst others, Flight Lieutenant Charles William Anderson Scott, AFC, and aerial footage of Newcastle upon Tyne and surrounding countryside flmed from one of the special passenger flights taken at the air pageant.
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.
An amateur film produced by George Cummin in which his character 'SAM' (based on the acronym for St. Andrews Motors) looks back at various motorcycle and car rallies that took place around the region in 1955: a veteran and vintage car rally from Whitley Bay to Newcastle upon Tyne, Weardale’s Arthur Emerson Memorial Trial motorbike scramble event, the first ever Catterick Garrison Hill Climb, North Yorkshire, featuring racer Angela Brown in an Aston Martin and the Belmont Senior Grand National Scramble at Belmont Park, Durham.
This amateur film records a Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) charity event taking place over a wet Whitsun weekend in May 1957, which includes a carnival parade from Monkseaton to Whitley Bay sea front, and a scooter rally (Vespa and Lambretta clubs from around Britain) on The Links to raise money for the Royal Air Force Association. The film was produced for a well-known Newcastle motorbike emporium, St Andrews Motors, whose trade float in the parade targets the new market for scooters. This film was produced by George Cummin with a film unit from Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers' Association (ACA).
This amateur film records an international scooter rally that took place in Langley Park, Whitley Bay, in 1958, with events such as the obstacle races and Scooter Queen contest organised by the Gateshead-based Northumbria Lambretta Club. The film was commissioned by St Andrews Motors (SAM) and made by members of one of the oldest cine clubs in Britain, Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), with production and commentary by George Cummin. SAM was a dealership for Norton and Vincent motorbikes on Gallowgate in Newcastle from the 1930s to 60s.
This amateur film records a national scooter rally that took place in bad weather at Whitley Bay in 1961, with events such as obstacle races and comic interludes provided by men in drag. It was commissioned by St Andrews Motors (SAM) and made by filmmakers at one of the oldest cine clubs in Britain, Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), with production and chipper commentary by George Cummin. St Andrew’s Motors was a dealership for Norton and Vincent motorbikes on Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, from the 1930s to 60s.