• Short Summary

    Miners in Newcastle perform an traditional folk dance with swords.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Newcastle. Miner Dancers. Winlaton's veteran troupe of working miners - the youngest is over 60 - rehearse their Centuries old dances for forthcoming folk dance festival."

    Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear.

    A group of elderly men walk towards camera. One of them is playing a squeezebox / accordion. They are followed by a small group of children. They take off their jackets.

    Pan along dancers. They are holding swords to perform a sword dance. The traditional folk dance has been going on for a long time.

    The men perform their traditional dance. CU of the man playing the accordion. More shots of the dance.

    Note: this form of dancing is called 'rapper dancing' and originates for North East England. AH 2001.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:15:55:00 / 01:18:17:00

Comments (2)

  1. Siweljohn says

    Yes a great bit of footage - the instrument is in fact an \"anglo\" concertina subtly different from an \"english\" concertina in that is plays a different note on the in movement and the out.

  2. jigknitter says

    Great bit of old footage - I think you'll find the instrument being played is in fact a concertina.

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