The 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.
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Dunston C.C. Road Race
Celebrating cycling culture in the north east on a 70 mile road race from Blaydon.
Amateur film 1960 9 mins Silent
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Bounding through the countryside around Blaydon on a bike is a breeze for these cycling fanatics. Amateur filmmaker Milton Newton joins his friends from the Tyne Velo cycling club, recording the great sense of freedom and competition on the 70 mile Dunston C. C. Road Race in 1960.
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