Images from the past

Morpeth Newcastle road race 1932
Morpeth Newcastle road race 1932

A RANGE of rare images from Morpeth’s past have been put together in a new DVD.

The glimpse into what life was life in the town many years ago goes back to a fair day in 1904 and there is footage of Emily Wilding Davison’s funeral – the world-famous suffragette, of Longhorsley, who died in June 1913 after she was struck by the King’s horse at the Derby.

Viewers can see inside Stannington Sanatorium and the children receiving treatment for TB during the 1920s as well as participants of the Morpeth to Newcastle Road Race between 1929 and 1934, including Duncan Mcleod Wright completing his record amount of wins for this event.

The Six Townships Community History Group has obtained the fascinating archive films – some in colour, some in black and white – and its members have used specialist equipment to convert them onto a DVD disc.

One of the founder members, John Dawson, said: “This footage is a superb piece of heritage and you never know, you may see a family member or even a friend.

“Also on the DVD is a rare film of riding the bounds from 1931, along with the children’s hunt meeting of 1939.

“We have coal mining from Stobswood Colliery in 1947 complete with all the sounds.

“As we visit Morpeth in the early 1950s there is an abundance of film to look back on.”

The group was formed in 2002 and since then it has put together a range of historical books and DVDs about places and industries in Northumberland and Tyneside.

The Morpeth DVD is priced £7.49, although it is free to local schools.

The total running time is approximately 50 minutes.

It is available at www.sixtownships.org.uk