Rare Sunderland cine clip gives us a chance to relive the Seaburn fairground in the 1960s

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside! Especially when it looks as great as it does in this cine film footage of Seaburn.

This rare one-minute clip shows the Sunderland seaside in 1966 with people having fun as they enjoy the thrill of the fairground rides.

We have the North East Film Archive (NEFA) to thank for sharing another piece of Wearside history from their online vaults.

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The footage was originally filmed in 1966 by a Mr J Donaldson, who was on a family trip to Wearside from Stockton.

Fun on the fairground rides at Seaburn in 1966. Picture: North East Film Archive.

Who recognises the rides and which was your favourite fairground attraction? What are your best memories of trips to the seaside in your childhood days?

The clip is only a small sample of Mr Donaldson’s original film, which also includes a family strolling along the beach, having a paddle in the waves and enjoying donkey rides.

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Seaburn in the 60s in a clip from a cine film. Picture: North East Film Archive.

If you think this cine footage is a wonderful reminder of Wearside’s past, why not have a look at even more on the NEFA website?

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NEFA has a huge catalogue of over 70,000 items of original film, video tape, and born-digital material.

Its team has painstakingly taken on the task of preserving, cataloguing, and digitising these vital collections of reminders of our past.

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The archive operates over two regional sites: Yorkshire Film Archive, based in York, and North East Film Archive, based in Middlesbrough.

A 1960s day on the beach at Seaburn.
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Interested people can find out more about its work and collections by visiting the archive’s website online here.