This amateur record of celebrations marking 900 years since the founding of Newcastle upon Tyne was produced by members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). The Newcastle 900 events took place between April and December, 1980. This film includes general views of the city, the official opening by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, footage of a children’s festival on the Town Moor, a parade, the opening of the first phase of the Tyne & Wear Metro, and a water pageant on the Tyne that took place on 26th July.
This amateur record of the Braemar Gathering and Highland Games in 1929 was made by James Cameron, one of the founders of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). The Princess Royal (Duchess of Fife), Prince Albert, Duke of York, and Elizabeth, Duchess of York, and the Duke of Gloucester are amongst the thousands of spectators who cheer on competitors in the sports such as tossing the caber, throwing the hammer and highland dancing and piping.
Amateur film documenting Oakenshaw residents and events in the early 1950s. Footage includes local supporters of Willington AFC in the run up to a match against Saltaire; a women’s charity cricket match in support of the Easington Pit Disaster Fund, 1951; the Durham Miners Gala in 1951 and Coronation celebrations in Oakenshaw in 1953. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection, believed to have been filmed by Keith Venn and George Coates.
This Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) compilation of documentary footage (and outtakes), shot between 1929 and the early 1930s, features various local events including an air show at Cramlington Aerodrome (home of the Newcastle Aero Club); the opening of the North East Coast Exhibition of Industry, Science and Art in Newcastle upon Tyne on Tuesday 14 May 1929; highlights of an historical pageant of Newcastle and the North that takes place at Leazes Park, Newcastle, between 20 - 25 July 1931; the final of Northumberland Amateur Golf Championship 16 June 1934; YMCA Sports in Newcastle on 15 July 1933 featuring Olympics runner Alec Burns; the Tynemouth Swimming Club Gala on 12 August, 1933; Northumberland v. English Bowling Association bowling matches in Gosforth on 18 September 1933; brief footage of potshare bowling on the Town Moor, Newcastle; and a staged celebration for the birthday of James Cameron Senior, one of the founders of the Newcastle & District ACA.
Compilation of amateur footage and outtakes, which includes the commemorative Victory Parade that took place in Newcastle upon Tyne on 8th June 1946, filmed by members of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), including George Cranston. Also includes shots of Newcastle streets decorated for the coronation celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953.
This newsreel style film covers the visit of Jimmy Carter, President of the United States, and British Prime Minister, James Callaghan, to Washington Old Hall on May 6th 1977, and the Silver Jubilee visit of Queen Elizabeth II and husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, to Washington New Town on July 15th, 1977. This amateur ‘double-barrelled’ documentary was shot and edited by Michael Gough, Head of Education Services in Sunderland and a member of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association since 1972. It was entered in the Movie Maker magazine “Ten Best” competition in 1978 and won the Minolta Trophy for Best Editing.
An amateur film made by Jim Purcell begins with a visit by a delegation from Jarrow’s twinned town Epinay-sur-Seine to see a decorative flower bed followed by the beach at South Shields. The film changes to show a number of empty roads possibly leading to the entrance of the Tyne Tunnel shortly before the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II to official open it on the 19th October 1967. The final part of the film shows two young men apparently playing up to the camera.
An amateur film made by D.M. Paulin of the Northumberland Boy Scouts showing activities and events taking place at their permanent camp site at Gosforth Park near Newcastle upon Tyne between 1957 and 1961. The film also records the visits by two Chief Scouts to the region. The first is of Thomas Corbett who visited Humshaugh near Hexham in Northumberland in June 1957 to dedicate a stone cairn built on the site of the first scout camp in 1908. The second visit is of Sir Charles Maclean who took part in the Northumberland and Durham Scout Rally at Gosforth Park in July 1961. The film also records the participation of the Northumberland Boy Scouts at the 9th World Scout Jubilee Jamboree which took place at Sutton Coldfield in August 1957.
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.
An amateur film made by Betty Cook of a Royal visit, possibly by Queen Elizabeth II, to RAF Finningley near Doncaster in South Yorkshire where she is attending a military parade. The visit may possibly be related to Betty Cook’s husband Arthur who served in the RAF during World War Two.
An amateur film by Leonard Winter of the Cleveland Cine Club of decorated streets, events and parades taking place in and around Middlesbrough as part of the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977.
An amateur film by Ken Wright of Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee events taking place around South Shields on the 15th July 1977. The film begins with the arrival of the Royal yacht Britannia into the River Tyne. This is followed by shots of the royal motorcade and Queen Elizabeth II waving at the waiting crowds outside South Shields Town Hall and along John Reid Road. The film then shows a street party taking place in Wharton Street with long tables laid out in the road and the street and terraced houses decked out in bunting and Union Jacks. The film ends with the adults making a toast to the Queen and children dancing in the street.
This film by railway enthusiast and filmmaker Chris Lawson of a visit to Cardiff made by Prince Charles and of railway enthhusiasts on the platform of Cardiff Central. The final part of the film shows the Sir Nigel Gresley steam locomotive.
A short home movie that concentrates mainly on the County Durham area includes visits to famous landmarks such as Raby Castle and Bowes Museum. The film ends with a royal visit to the region.
A home movie showing preparations for and crowds waving as Queen Elizabeth, the future Queen Mother, as she is driven through Gateshead on the 18th March 1948. She is on her way to Gateshead Maternity Hospital where she is to open a new extension. The final part of the film shows views of Bamburgh Castle.
A home movie showing civic decorations to streets and buildings in Gateshead and Newcastle as part the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953. The film also features a parade of bagpipers making their way through another town, probably in the Scottish Borders.
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 Coronation in London.
An amateur film of the visit to Stockton-on-Tees by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh on Monday 4th June 1956 made by Leslie Brown, owner of a record and toy shop on the High Street. The film records the arrival of the royal couple, a civic reception taking place outside the town hall watched by patriotic crowds, and a drive through the streets. At Stockton Racecourse the 1st Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment march on to the course and are inspected by the Queen. The final part shows the Royal Yacht Britannia anchored at Tees Dock before sailing out to sea.
An amateur film made by David Williams of an educational visit by a delegation from Durham University to the country of Lesotho in southern Africa in 1968. The film begins with a group of adults playing in a field beside a school followed by the pupils being conducted in song. This is followed by a group of men and women working together to build a wall, part of a building on top of a hill. A school visit to a government agricultural farm follows next with pupils being shown around and looking at the various plants and animals there. A tree planting ceremony featuring King Moshoeshoe II and a second VIP is followed by a garden party taking place for he delegation at the Blue Mountain Inn in the town of Teyateyaneng. The film ends at an airport with the delegation leaving to fly back to the UK.
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 made by the Neesham family of Redcar of a visit to London during the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on the 2nd June 1953. The first part of the film shows various views across the city of some of the decorated buildings along The Mall, outside Westminster Abbey and along Oxford Street. The second part of the film shot from the crowds waiting for the Royal procession to pass captures some of the various military bands, platoons of soldiers and other personnel marching past. The final part of the film captures the Gold State Coach passing, and the young Queen inside waving at the crowds.
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.
An amateur film made by John Martin Jackson recording Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee celebrations taking part in Hexham, Northumberland in 1977. The film records a procession of decorative floats travelling through the town as well as a large street party. As well as footage of the jubilee, the film includes rural scenes filmed in and around Derwent Reservoir in County Durham where small pleasure boats are filmed on the water.
An amateur film made by Jim Purcell of the opening of the Tyne Tunnel by Queen Elizabeth II on the 19th October 1967 followed by views from a car as it drives through the newly opened tunnel. The final part of the film shows views of St Paul’s Monastery in Jarrow in the snow.
Amateur footage by George Pennington, the owner of Cosy Coaches in Meadowfield, that features the Queen of Durham entrants and pageant, including the parade from the Wearmouth Bridge down North Bridge Street in Sunderland, and children in royal-themed fancy dress for local Coronation celebrations in 1953. Beauty queen contestants include Miss Spennymoor and Miss Broompark, who is pictured in a field at the County Durham mining village.