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Appeal over rare Gateshead VE Day footage


The film was provided by the Northern Region Film and Television Archive

Rare footage of VE Day celebrations in Gateshead has been released in a bid to trace those who appear in it.

The colour film, taken on the day World War II came to an end in Europe in 1945, shows a party on an unknown street in the area.

It is believed to have been recorded by an off-duty policeman who worked locally in the photographic unit.

Anyone who believes they can identify individuals shown in the footage is asked to contact the BBC.

VE Day in Gateshead
Colour footage from the time is very rare

The images, released by the Northern Region Film and Television Archive (NRFTA), also show parades through Saltwell Park in Gateshead.

The policeman is believed to have shot another film, titled Holidays at Home, filmed at the same park in 1944.

David Parsons of the NRFTA said: "Because of the war, colour stock is very, very rare. Indeed, black and white stock is very rare.

"Because this policeman worked for the photo unit, he was able to have access to the camera, and we are very fortunate to have got this footage.

"Any information would be of great value, especially from an historic perspective."

The BBC is trying to find the people who appear in the film to mark the 65th anniversary of VE Day on 8 May. Do you recognise yourself in the footage? Perhaps you recognise one of your family members?

If you would like to get in touch with the BBC regarding the footage please complete the form below.

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