Look at this rare cine film footage of Prince Philip on a 1973 visit to Sunderland

Rare footage has been published of Prince Philip on a visit to Wearside – and it dates back 48 years.

Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 6:00 am

The poignant cine film comes from 1973 and shows the Duke of Edinburgh in Sunderland to lay the foundation stone of the Chapter House.

It was filmed by Bob Wingate whose son David told the Sunderland Echo more about his dad who had both a passion and a working life which centred around film.

"My dad was always in to photography in the 60s and 70s,” said David.

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The rare cine film of Prince Philip in Sunderland, recorded by Bob Wingate.

Bob, who passed away around 9 years ago, worked at Saxons before he left to become the manager of the photography department at Binns.

Photography and film “was his passion and his job,” said David.

The 1973 cine footage first recorded by Bob was transferred by Rob Kilburn of Sunderland Antiquarian Society.

Rob praised the cine film from Bob Wingate and said: “Footage like this is the closest thing we can get to time travel.”

A still from the cine film recorded by Bob Wingate.

The Society holds extensive archives which have been amassed and donated over the past century by the people of Sunderland.

To find out more about the history of Sunderland, visit the Antiquarian Society’s Facebook page or website at http://www.sunderland-antiquarians.org

Rob added: “It always amazes me what people have in their personal collections or sometimes even collecting dust in an attic that when shared with people brings back so many memories.”

Prince Philip in Sunderland in 1973. Courtesy of Bob Wingate.

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Bob Wingate whose job and his hobby was a passion for film and photography. Here he is in his time at Saxons in Sunderland.
Another photo of Sunderland man Bob Wingate.
Bob Wingate during his career at Binns.
Bob Wingate in 1955.