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Victory Parade Newcastle upon Tyne 8 June 1946
As the shadow of the Cold War looms over Europe, Newcastle celebrates the soldiers and civilians who helped win the fight against fascism.
Amateur film 1946 12 mins Silent
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Along the route of the Newcastle Victory parade, held a year after VE Day was officially declared, soldiers in the British, Allied and Commonwealth Forces, and civilians such as the Land Army girls who fought on the home front, receive a tumultuous welcome. The machines and weaponry that won World War Two are also on show, along with tributes to the role of local industries – miners with a “Coal Spells Victory” slogan and women workers on the Reyrolle engineering float.
The miners marching in this parade would soon (on 1 January1947) marvel at unveiled plaques, which proclaimed “This colliery is now managed by the National Coal Board on behalf of the people.” The new post-war Labour government under Clement Attlee began to introduce a modern welfare state and nationalised many industries, including coal mining. Also in 1946, former Prime Minister Winston Churchill delivered his famous “iron curtain” speech in the United States, which is considered to mark the beginning of the Cold War. The Soviet Union did not send Red Army representatives to take part in the main London Victory Parade attended by the Royal family, Attlee and Churchill.
Life Under Fire
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Amateur film 1939 16 mins Silent Location: Littleover
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Home movie 1945 17 mins Silent Location: Sheffield
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Amateur film 1939 15 mins Silent Location: Welwyn Garden City
A great example of ‘despite war, life continues’, Welwyn Garden City residents continue with annual traditions, festive occasions and celebrations, during wartime.
U.S. And Us
Advert 1943 2 mins
An American G.I. learns how to brew a proper English cuppa in this jolly wartime ad for Maypole tea.
What Is One among So Many?
Documentary 1943 17 mins Silent
"A bomb's cut the gas off. Where can we get a meal?" Look no further than the Friends Relief Service.
Family Album to Entertain
Amateur film 1940 14 mins Silent Location: Broadwater
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Newcastle upon Tyne
Percy Hedley School
News 1970 17 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
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Comedy 1938 6 mins Silent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
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Amateur film 1965 5 mins Silent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
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Magazine and Review show 1976 3 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
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Magazine and Review show 1974 6 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
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Comedy 1962 12 mins Silent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
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Torture and Pleasure
Current affairs 1980 5 mins Location: Thurlestone
Gerald Haycock embarks on a torture and pleasure weekend and goes from reward-based hard exercise to eating and drinking.
Current affairs 1968 4 mins Location: Nettlecombe
Estate once owned by the father of King Harold, Godwin has never been bought or sold.
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Current affairs 1965 6 mins Location: Exeter
Women are put through their deportment paces and all in the name of etiquette.
Current affairs 1969 3 mins Location: Perranporth
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Whirlwinds at RAF St Mawgan
Current affairs 1962 3 mins Location: St Mawgan
RAF 22 Squadron provides air-sea rescue for the South West with new HAR 10 Whirlwind helicopters.
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