The golden age of shipping is recreated on the quaysides of Gateshead and Newcastle as a flotilla of tall-masted ships flying flags from all over the world drop anchor in the Tyne during the annual Tall Ships Race. The spectacle of the sailing ships, ranging from large square-rigged vessels to smaller boats, creates a carnival atmosphere appreciated by the snap-happy crowds onshore. Young sea cadets hang from the rigging as the Queen arrives at The Royalist training ship.
It is believed this film was shot by Betty Cook, President of the Cleveland Cine Society and the North East Cine Society, who filmed many events in Middlesbrough and the Teesside area between 1964 and 1986, but ventured outside her borough to film this special occasion.
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.