Here's a little bit of fun to start the Video page; maybe you're a long way from Northumberland, and missing 'home'... Well, I was on the beach very early one morning, and it was just beautiful. So I captured a couple of minutes of nothingness. Here it is. It's not riveting, or spectacular, and it's more than a bit wobbly (there aren't many rocks to rest on!) But if you wish you were here right now, this might just get you through the day.
Tip: the videos further down this page do get better - honest!
We've found some interesting bits of video of our local area to share with you here. Of course there's no shortage of holiday vids on youtube - but we're talking here about some more eclectic or unusual stuff! But first, here are a couple of excerpts from our own St Cuthbert's House video collection; a piece we did with Aled Jones for Songs of praise in 2009 (4 mins long, our bit begins about 1:25-ish)
And here is a short (50 secs) excerpt from an interview we did in preparation for the North-East Tourism Awards in 2010. We won! Don't think it had anything to do with my interview skills though...
Now for the interesting stuff! Here's one to get started; we found this enchanting video on the Pathe News website, which shows the old railway which used to link the mainline at Chathill, and a station at Seahouses. The line ran a few yards from St Cuthbert's House, and the video shows the station at North Sunderland. It also shows Bamburgh and makes reference to the station there, but in fact the line was never extended to Bamburgh. What a shame it's all gone... The link takes you to the Pathe site, and you might need to persevere beyond a 20 second commercial - sorry. Can't embed this one for copyright reasons, so come back when you've seen it.
Here's a one-minute promo about Seahouses, made by Northumberland Tourism.
Here's a 5-minute video made by the National Trust about the work of the Farne Island wardens in monitoring and watching out for the amazing seabird colonies on the Farnes.
On that same theme - this is a 30-minute Radio 4 programme called Saving Species, first broadcast in 2011, which is about the strength and success of the seabird colonies on the Farne Islands - in contrast to other parts of the country.
Here's a two-and-a-half-minute video clip from a 1956 British Transport Films' Northumberland travelogue. It features the wildlife around the Longstone Lighthouse in the Farne Islands, including seals, puffins, arctic terns, guillemots and kittiwakes. And a fantastic narrator!
Here's a short clip from a 1936 nature documentary called 'Nursery Island'. Obviously made by some very hardy and dedicated film-makers!
The action moves a little further south, but this short clip of the building of the Tyne Bridge from 1928 is fascinating. No Health & Safety regulations in evidence for these fellows. Don't look down!
Here are a few excerpts from interviews we've done on our local BBC radio station since 2013.
This one's an interview on Radio Newcastle 15-05-14 - talking about our Gold Award at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014, (making us 'England's Best B&B'!) and the fact that the small village of Seahouses had TWO national Gold-Award winners at that ceremony.
In the run-up to that Awards bash, we did an interview on BBC Radio Newcastle 04-04-14 taking about our nomination as a finalist for the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.
BBC Radio Newcastle called us on 11-12-13 to ask us about what's great in Northumberland.
This is a Sunday-morning chat with Sue Sweeney on BBC Radio Newcastle 25-02-13, about the house-concerts at St Cuthbert's House which we began in March 2013.
BBC Newcastle did another interview about our house-concerts as we were starting them up, on 02-03-13
This is an interview we did on Radio Newcastle after we won the North-East Tourism Awards in 2010.
We hope you've enjoyed a few minutes browsing this collection! We're always on the lookout for more - so if you come across any good Northumberland-themed items, please let us know!
Northumberland was shortlisted as 'Best Destination' at the British Travel Awards 2014 - setting itself up as a contender against Cornwall, which always seem to win... yawn... So Radio Newcastle did this fun piece one breakfast time and called me to represent our side in the 'debate'. Completely winging it here...