Blyth . Those Were the Days


Blyth . Those Were the Days

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The town of Blyth is situated on the North East coast in Northumberland. In this superb film we look at the years long gone. Those Were the Days delves way back and we witness some great times to remember our proud heritage. As we begin our journey we take a look at Bebside with the railway, houses and pit. We also visit underground Bebside Colliery and the surface and witness scenes on the coal face. There is the filling of coal, blasting, the pit cage, and on the surface we visit the tippler and screens. In Blyth we also visit shops and witness what it was like inside and the prices of the days long gone since decimalisation. The herring fishing was a big industry and we witness the boats landing and their catches being off-loaded. There is also the fisher-lasses who travelled the eastern coast plying their trade as the herring moved along the coast. Hughes Bolckow’s the ship-breakers yard is also on film and we witness the breaking up of ships and the making of furniture from the salvaged timber. See the great crowds along the River Blyth as HMS Thunderer arrives to be broken up in 1926. We visit Cowpen in Blyth where we have some good scenes of the area way back in time. There is the Thomas Knight Memorial Hospital and the Blyth Carnival and fancy dress from the 1920’s in aid to raise funds for the hospital. We have the River Blyth, and the Golden Fleece and Seven Stars for you too, along with scenes from Cambois and rare archive film of Wheatley’s Ferry from the 1930’s. Bebside Furness is on film too with archive film from 1919 showing you the candle making from that era. We have the 1926 General Strike and again rare archive footage of Blyth folks digging for coal to keep the home fires burning. Women football from 1926 in aid of the miners and their families. Witness the miner dancers at Blyth doing their sword dance in front of a large crowd in preparation for a forthcoming dance event in the 1920’s. There is much more and all this adds up to a fantastic journery back in time. Running time approximately 40 minutes……...copyright Six-T Media..2011

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