This Tyne Tees Television documentary profiles the North East comedian and club entertainer Pauline Patricia Brennan (nee Petty), better known under her stage name, Scarlet O'Hara. She reminisces about her impoverished post-war childhood in the working class Rye Hill area of Scotswood, in Newcastle’s West End, her husbands, and the start of her career working as a singer and stand-up comic at working men’s clubs and pubs in the region. The programme was originally broadcast on 12th March 1981 as part of the series Northern Scene, later featuring as part of the networked About Britain series.
Amateur home movie by Middlesbrough dentist Tom H. Brown that records the early years in the life of the Browns' daughter Helen, from her christening at St Barnabas Church,Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, in 1934, to Helen at the age of 10 months. The film also documents a holiday in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, with a focus on the architecture and monuments of this seaside resort, and visits to Rudston, Sledmere, Ampleforth, and Sutton Bank.
A home movie of a holiday by four women to the Bamburgh area of Northumberland. They are filmed taking a photograph of Bamburgh Castle, cooking and relaxing beside their Commer camper van. They also take a trip by boat to the Farne Islands from Seahouses.
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.
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.
Amateur footage of family activities at Butlins holiday camp in Bognor Regis during the 1960s, which includes heats of the ‘Miss She’ competition, a fashion contest in ‘day wear’ sponsored by Nat Mags (short for National Magazine Company who published ‘She’); a Father and Son competition; a couple’s wheelbarrow race; a backwards three-legged race; a women’s tug o’ war; swimming competitions (breast stroke) and Daily Mirror bucket coracle pool contest.
Young women volunteers attend a BRCS (British Red Cross Society) camp at Longhoughton in 1944 to train up for roles as Red Cross nurses and support for the medical services during the Second World War. In 1945 women are trained at a Red Cross Youth Movement of Northumberland campsite in the Coquetdale valley (possibly in the grounds of Rothbury Cottage Hospital), their third annual camp at Rothbury. Footage includes trainee nurses during leisure time, swimming on the Northumbrian coast, playing netball and table tennis. This amateur documentary footage was shot by Peter Beatty, a member of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers' Association (ACA), the Rothbury footage probably filmed in summer 1945, just after World War Two.
A compilation of documentary and holiday film shot during the early 1930s by members of the Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). Footage includes a civic event in Newcastle upon Tyne, possibly an annual Mayor’s Sunday; an international rugby match between England and Scotland at Twickenham Stadium, London; an Air Show at Cramlington Aerodrome, home of the Newcastle Aero Club, with shots of famous women aviators, Amy Johnson and Constance Ruth Leathart, who later flew with the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) during World War Two; and general views of Scarborough including the Grand Hotel.
A father and daughter search for hidden treasure on Saltburn beach after the discovery of a buried pirate’s map. Which turns out to be a restaurant promo. This comedy short was produced by amateur Middlesbrough filmmaker Leonard Winter, and stars Leonard Winter, his daughter Maureen, and wife Jean. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association collection.
A compilation of documentary footage shot between 1929 and 1936 by Newcastle Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) of various film shoots at Ravensworth Castle on 7 April 1929, the Lake District in 1929, and a staged pagan ritual in 1936. Also features two cine club outings to the seaside at Cresswell in Northumberland in 1929 and 1930, with choreographed Busby Berkeley-style routines on the beach.
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.