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Whitley Bay (Northumberland Coast)
Pack your swimming trunks and a time machine - Whitley Bay in the 1920s is the next hot holiday destination.
Promotional 1926 16 mins
Oh we do like to be beside the seaside, but this film is testament to the fact that our coastal towns today are often pale shadows of their past. The North Tyneside resort of Whitley Bay was clearly once a booming, vibrant place in the summer months, filled with holidaymakers. Many of those on the rides at the Spanish City funfair or braving the North Sea for a paddle were from Glasgow, heading south for their annual break.
The film was produced for promotional purposes to encourage new holidaymakers to the town, and it also highlights the natural charms that still make the area attractive for a more sedentary visit today.
Amateur film 1950 10 mins Location: Whitley Bay
A Mecca for fun – Whitley Bay still thrills the holiday crowds in the 50s
SAM Presents "Scooter Weekend"
Amateur film 1957 12 mins Location: Whitley Bay
Fleets of Italian scooters descend on Whitley Bay for a Whitsun weekend rally and carnival parade in the pre-Mod era.
Holiday: Whitley Bay 1935
Amateur film 1935 11 mins Location: Whitley Bay
All set for a Spanish City stroll with hordes of fun-loving holiday makers at Whitley Bay in the 1930s.
Queen's Silver Jubilee, Whitley Bay
Home movie 1977 3 mins Location: Whitley Bay
Children of Ocean View in Whitley Bay gather for a feast at a patriotic street party for the Queen's Silver Jubilee.
Laughing at Life
Documentary 1981 26 mins Location: Scotswood
“A bundle of nerves, no music, one black dress”: Scarlet O’Hara, a Geordie queen of comedy, looks back at her life of grit and glamour.
Sam Looks Back
Amateur film 1955 21 mins Location: Whitley Bay
Kings and queens of speed compete in motor rallies and trials across the North East in 1955.
Morecambe and Wise - Be Wise Don't Drink and Drive
Public Information Filler 1963 1 mins
Ernie tells Eric to ‘be wise’ and not drive home after their Christmas party
Shiraz: A Romance of India
Historical drama 1928 106 mins
This epic silent film, telling the ravishing, romantic story behind the Taj Mahal, has been newly restored with a sumptuous new score from Anoushka Shankar.
Building the 3rd Orpington Boy Scout Group Headquarters
Amateur film 1965 9 mins Location: Orpington
Follow construction of the new Scout Hall, from breaking ground to the finishing touch - the mounting of a moose head!
National Scoutcar Racing in Brighton
Amateur film 1967 3 mins Location: Brighton
Homemade go-karts of all colours, shapes and sizes can be seen haring along Madeira Drive in Brighton, as Scouts compete for first place.
Cyril Visits Lesney Farm Allotment and Pubs in Erith
Amateur film 1982 2 mins Location: Erith
Two classic masculine pastimes from the 1970s - allotments and pubs.
Fete at Erith
Amateur film 1979 3 mins Location: Erith
Looking down on Erith fete and across the river to East London.