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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 Silent
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.
Presentation and Launching Ceremony of the New Whitley Lifeboat
Non-Fiction 1912 6 mins Silent Location: Whitley Bay
A flash mob of local swimmers crash the grand christening and launch of a new lifeboat for Whitley Bay.
Sam Presents Scramble and Rally
Amateur film 1958 11 mins Location: Whitley Bay
Iconic scooters and loony races at an international rally in the seaside town of Whitley Bay.
Amateur film 1950 10 mins Silent 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 Silent 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 Silent 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.
Grounded on the Platters: HMS Conway
Home movie 1953 7 mins Silent Location: Anglesey/Ynysmôn
A sorry end to any ship: timings, tide and wind played their part in pushing HMS Conway onto the Platters rocks in the Menai Strait on 14/4/1953.
Exeter Real Ale Festival
News 1975 3 mins Location: Exeter
The wet and warm ale goes down a treat as aficionados gather to celebrate real ale.
Home movie 1955 8 mins Silent Location: Llanddwyn Island/Ynys Llanddwyn
Sea pinks and samphire, lighthouses and church ruins – Llanddwyn’s charms are many and varied.
News 1979 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Experimentation with a coat for two leaves couples with really no escape.
Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music
News 1970 2 mins Location: Shepton Mallet
Progressive gathering of festival goers hits the blues.
Dawson: Lower Penn Show
Home movie 1954 4 mins Silent Location: Lower Penn
Another blustery summer day in the 1950s and it's Lower Penn's carnival parade.