Coastal history is captured on DVD

'Waiting for the boats' Cullercoats fishwives with creels.1900.
'Waiting for the boats' Cullercoats fishwives with creels.1900.

A new historical DVD looking back at the history of Whitley Bay and Tynemouth has been released.

Historians at Northumberland-based Six Townships have produced the nostalgic journey from Whitley Bay to Tynemouth, via Cullercoats, using old archive film and photographs.

The film visits Whitley Bay town centre, focusing on the vehicles, shops and fashions from the 1900s through to the 1960s.

It takes in the Spanish City and fairground attractions of the 1910s through to the 1970s.

John Dawson, of Six Townships, said: “Viewers can witness some of the great attractions from long ago and the memories will come flooding back.

“There is the ghost train, water chute, big wheel, house that Jack built and much more.”

Families playing on the beaches at Whitley Bay, Cullercoats and Tynemouth, as well as the open air swimming pool, are also featured.

Also included in the DVD are some of the fishing community in Cullercoats from the 1950s and 60s, focusing on the boats, cottages and fisherwives.

John said: “We’ve also included some of North Tyneside’s famous landmarks and meet Laurel and Hardy when they visit the Grand Hotel in 1932.

“Look back and enjoy this journey.”

He added: “We get lots of schools taking us up on the offer of the DVD as they are very educational and part of our local heritage.”

The DVD £5.99, but is free to schools, is available via www.sixtownships.org.uk