A keen film-maker from the borough has scooped a top international award for his film on the history of a Northumberland church.
Eddy Saint, who is a member of Coast Video Club, entered two of his videos into the American International Film and Video Festival 2012, and was delighted when his film was selected as Best by an American Motion Picture Society (AMPS) member.
The 80-year-old, from Front Street, Monkseaton, said: “I was out for the day in Bolam with my wife when I stumbled across this church and I was entranced with it, I knew I had to return and film it.
“It turned out that it had such a fascinating history, so it was brilliant to be able to find out more about it and create a video.
“During the Second World War a German bomb was dropped and lodged under the chapel, but fortunately it did not explode – it is an amazing tale.
“When I found out it had won I was delighted, I couldn’t believe they had picked mine from all the entries across the world.”
To watch a snippet of Eddy’s ‘A Visit to Bolam Church’ video, go to www.newsguardian.co.uk