The Belford Town Survey 1995 can be found here.
A large collection of unique photographs, video and even movie film. Produced by professional photographer and film-maker Geoff Stafford during a 36 year connection with Belford which began in 1980. Most of this content hasn't been seen or published before.
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Currently the Archive is accessible to colleagues and history researchers. For media enquiries about (paid) use of content please contact me here. Material has been deposited in regional libraries and archives in the past and the plan is to deposit more in the future.
NEW! (2 January 2017) New Year Fireworks 2017
Despite rain this year, some rather stunning photos of the fireworks display. Photography was the main "focus" but there's also a small video of the entire show for you to watch.
NEW! (27 Dec 2016) Magazine tearsheets
Hundreds of photographs of the local area, events and people appeared in national magazines over the years, sometimes with a name check which gave the area some promotion. Mainly in black and white up until 1991 and then in colour. You can see all the "tearsheets" as they are known in this new collection.
NEW! (26 Dec 2016) Belford Carnival 1991
Never seen before and a special treat for Christmas and the 25th anniversary! More than one hour of professional standard footage, filmed on the near-broadcast-quality SVHS format which was cutting edge technology at the time. The Carnival took place from 7-14 July 1991.
Extensive coverage, featuring: children's concert in St. Mary's church; church exteriors; coffee morning outside of the Hobby Horse shop with accordionist, chalking and fancy dress; bunting across the High Street; flower arrangements in the church; church exteriors; fun run (started with a real gun!); bunting; general evening views of Belford; Craft Gallery; disco in a barn at South Road; Duck Race between West Street and Croft Field; Carnival opening ceremony and parade (with whale!); field day with jumble sale, brass band, football and coites, Swedish jazz band, dancing, fairground, rock band. The images above are a fraction of what is included.
Hope you enjoy this fantastic blast from the past! Note: audio has been muted or replaced on some musical sequences for copyright reasons.
NEW! (30 Nov 2016) Behind the scenes: BBC Countryfile filming at Belford in spring 1994
Previously unpublished, this behind-the-scenes footage shows what happened when a crew from the BBC Television programme Countryfile arrived in Belford in 1994 to shoot a report about powercuts. The programme was broadcast on 10th and 13th April 1994. Recorded on Hi8 by Geoff Stafford, this video material shows filming taking place inside a house, at the Spar shop, the crew relaxing in the hotel and scenes outside a house on West Street after dark. The thumbnails above are just a small sample of the many shots.