It is always fascinating to look back at old photos and video clips of Newcastle to see how much the city has changed over the years. But often, they only give a small insight into what things used to be like. Photographs are wonderful, but are only a snapshot of one specific moment in history and many old video clips on YouTube are short in length, limiting how much the viewer can gain an insight into Newcastle’s past.
That is why we think this short documentary is one of the best clips we have found about Newcastle back in the day. ‘6 to Midnight‘ was created by Amber, a film & Photography collective, which has been documenting working class and marginalised communities in the North of England since 1968. The 17 minute long documentary captures a day in the life of Newcastle in 1974. As you can imagine, a lot has changed!
6 to Midnight‘ was made for Newcastle City Council, who later rejected it.
“It might be all right for the Straw Dogs generation”, commented one of the councillors. Apparently they weren’t keen, at the time, on the shots of meat being unloaded on the pavement outside the Grainger Market.

We think it is a fascinating video and wish there was more footage like it! Let us know what you think in the comment section below and don’t forget to share it on Facebook and Twitter if you enjoyed it, which we are sure you will.

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