From Cossack to Irish step, folk troupes visit steel town Middlesbrough for the Cleveland Intertie (Tees-Side International Eisteddfod) in 1970, where they delight the crowds (and Tyne Tees TV crew) with a fusion of song and dance in colourful costumes. Started in 1966, the idea for this cultural festival sprang from a social event for workers at ICI Wilton and ran until 1978.
This was one of a number of so-called ‘eisteddfods’ organised in Cleveland and on Tyneside from the late 1900s, originally sustained by a large Welsh exile community who arrived to work in the steel and ship building industries. This amateur film, probably made by the Cleveland Cine Club, was shot with an anamorphic lens.
North East Film Archive is one of a network of regional film archives established to collect, preserve and show film made in, or about the North East of England. Our collections are non-fiction, and date from the early 1900s to the present day, providing a rich record of life in the region over the 20th century. Many of our films are available to watch, free of charge, on our website.