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Caught on film: The Northern countryside in the 1930s.

DURING their 90th anniversary, Newcastle ACA film and video makers have been sharing some of their superb work with the Chronicle.

Formed in 1927, the group has amassed a valuable film archive capturing the life and times of the region over the last nine decades.

In the latest instalment, the footage takes us into the countryside.

The group's spokesman, Stephen Green, said: "We begin with a short piece on Hexham Point-to-Point, a horse race for hunting horses and amateur riders.

"It took place on April 4, 1931, at Stelling, near Newton, Northumberland.

"In the betting ring at an amateur point-to-point meeting, totes - or bookmakers - advertise the odds on offer for each horse in the next race on their display boards.

"Here, we see a bowlerhatted bookie beside the Thompson and Danby of Newcastle board advertising the horses Harry V, Random, Strong Melon, Inchberry, Confection, and Jugged Hare.

"Another bookmaker stands next to a Jim Forbes bookmakers' board, with a portable betting machine slung around his neck.

"There is a crowd of men and women gathering near the course, and a marquee in the background with a young woman in a cloche hat and fur-trimmed coat examining her racing form."

Stephen goes on: "We then see holiday footage in the Lake District of a family outing. A group of three women and a man walk up the steps at the famous Boulder Stone in Borrowdale.

"One of the women rests on a roadside stone wall and poses for a photograph taken by the man. The four get into an open-top car.

"Then we see fishing from a rowing boat in a fastrunning river, and a second man steadying the boat with oars. The three women and male companion watch from the bank of the river.

"The scene cuts to a busy meeting point in Cumbria for motorbikes and cycles, parked up in a field while owners gather to chat, and two men stand beneath a tree to watch."

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Scenes from Hexham and the Lake District, 1930s. To view the film, visit

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 29, 2017
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