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Step back to 1930s Newcastle; 18 The Chronicle WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2019 NOSTALGIA DAVE MORTON recalls the people and places of the North East CHECK US OUT ONLINE AT WWW.CHRONICLELIVE.CO.UK/NEWS/HISTORY EMAIL: TELEPHONE: 0191 2016437 WRITE TO: Dave Morton, ncjMedia, Eldon Court, Percy Street, Newcastle, NE1 7JB. @DaveSMorton Newcastle Chronicle - History Photosales - 0191 201 6000.

Byline: Dave Morton

ISTORY does not remember the 1930s with great affection.

HIt is an era remembered for its mass unemployment, poverty and soup kitchens, its extremist politics, and the shadow of an approaching world war.

Our region suffered badly as Britain's traditional heavy industries - coal mining, shipbuilding, iron and textile manufacture - became increasingly uncompetitive in the world market, a market that was even more depressed after the 1929 Wall Street crash.

It was a time of economic decline and profound domestic hardship for many in the North East, powerfully symbolised by the 1936 Jarrow Crusade when 200 men marched from the ravaged down to London, demanding the right to work.

We catch of the Cinema Odeon) the Gary film, The Bengal But, despite the hardship, life went on day to day for the people of our region.

Remarkable footage from the North East Film Archive (NEFA) takes us back on to the teeming streets of Newcastle during the first half of the 1930s.

We're afforded a fascinating view of the city centre of more eight and a half decades ago in this amateur cinemagazine compilation of events and street scenes, documented by advertising Cooper Lives Of A Lancer members of Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers' Association. We see the public transport of the day as a man hops on to the back of a horsedrawn omnibus by the High Level Bridge and several men are seen hitching a ride on the back of the omnibus, known as a 'penny brake'.

There are flower sellers doing a roaring trade, and street market stalls. We also catch a glimpse of the Paramount Cinema (later the Odeon) on a busy Pilgrim Street, advertising the film The Lives of a Bengal Lancer which was released in 1935 and starred Gary Cooper.

The film footage of this 'lost world' is the latest in our occasional Cine Secrets series run in conjunction with NEFA.

In these film clips from bygone days, we have been recalling people, places and events from Tyneside history via footage released from the archive's collections.

Cine Secrets is a regionwide initiative from NEFA, and features just a small selection of the films collected and preserved in the archive's temperature-controlled vaults.

It's part of the major project, North East On Film, which is re-connecting the people and communities of the region with their film heritage through special screenings, events and online collections.

CineSecrets has been specially curated with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

To find out more about #NORTHEASTONFILM visit: You can watch the full length film here:

Street crash. decline and for the transport We catch a glimpse of the Paramount Cinema (later the Odeon) advertising the Gary Cooper film, The Lives Of A Bengal Lancer


The Paramount cinema (later the Odeon), Pilgrim Street, Newcastle, early 1930s

Horse buses over the High Level Bridge, early 1930s

Flower sellers on the streets of Newcastle, early 1930s glimpse

Flower sellers on the streets of Newcastle, early 1930s

A market on Newgate Street, Newcastle, early 1930s

Watch the film clip on our website

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Date:Jul 17, 2019
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