Places + Locations | 1950 | Sound | Colour
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A guide to three locations in Britain: Kilkeel in Northern Ireland, Cardiff city, Wales and the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides, Scotland 1950's
Each area is shown by following one of the occupants through very scenic locations, showing how people live, work and socialise
Opens on Lincoln cathedral and the municipal buildings in the centre of Cardiff. Cuts to a small fishing village in Northern Ireland where a small boy is playing with a red shrimp. Boxes of shrimps lie waiting to be shipped elsewhere. The harbour is full of busy fishermen unloading their catch. The boy leaves the harbour and walks along the beach, he passes two men who are planing the wood down on the hull of a boat. As he leaves a Brooke Bond van pulls into the village. He continues on and watches some stone-masons carving headstones. One of the men is about to get into a truck, the boy begs a lift from him. They set off down a small road lined with granite dikes up to the mountain, a view of the village and its surrounding country-side is left below. The driver reaches his destination , his colleagues who are quarrying rock or stone in the hills. They cut slabs of granite from the slopes and let them speedily tumble down to the bottom. The boy gazes at the valley lying below. There is a loud explosion as a cliff caves in. A sign indicates that caution should be taken while blasting is in progress. A Land Rover pulls up to a large dam in construction. Men are at work among large stores of granite, machinery, tracks, cranes, buildings and scaffolding. The boy is playing in an old abandoned truck. A red sports car is climbing the hill very quickly, it is followed by other cars. It is Saturday the 16 June and it is the occasion of the Spelga Hill Drive, spectators look on. The boy is once again travelling in the back of the lorry which is now carrying slabs of granite. They pass between the dykes of grey granite on the road that provide protection to the fields of potatoes that are grown in Ulster. A potato sack is being filled and a truck carries its load away, these are potatoes from the farm of Adam Arnett & Son, Kilkeel, Northern Ireland and they are destined for Cardiff.
Cuts to dockers in Glamorgan eating chips from newspapers. A West Indian immigrant carrying a suit-case leaves a docked ship. It is an indication of the diversity of people from around the world that have chosen to live in Cardiff. The man makes his way through the docks passing the many cranes at work loading the ships with goods and ships from all over the world including Hamburg. He continues his journey through the town, passing a newspaper board that mentions Tiger Bay, the municipal buildings in the city centre and through the residential streets. A Brooke Bond van passes by. Men are crouched against a wall reading newspapers intently, children are at play against the background of industry , pushing each other on swings, playing marbles or cricket on the street. A window is broken by a cricket ball and the woman occupant rushes to the window. Men are playing dice on the street for money. All scenes reflect the diverse ethnicity of Cardiff and the black communities of Tiger Bay. A newspaper board reads 'Butetown is my Home'. An old man leaves the steps of the Salvation Army Men's Hostel and makes his way down the street swinging his cane as he goes, passing bill boards advertising beer and a wall ornamented by statues of lions. His destination is the Cardiff Education Committee College of Art. He is the subject of a life model drawing class and poses for students who sketch him. Shots of statues in the city centre and the National Museum of Wales.
A wooden spinning wheel sits outside a cottage beside a lake. It is Crossbost on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. The village seems to be deserted, the houses have either tiled or tin roofs. A sign in the village post-office and shop indicates the correct postal address. It hangs above boxes of Brooke Bond tea. The houses outside the village have thatched roofs, a small lamb grazes nearby. Cuts to the church and confetti strewn outside the church doors. There has been a wedding and all the village are in attendance. A bride is surrounded by her guests. The groom wears a kilt and sporran and hold a glass of whiskey in his hand. A little red-haired girl puts down her drink to taste some beer, she grimaces at the taste. Another guest appreciates the whiskey he has just tasted. Cuts to waves crashing against the cliffs and then back to the wedding party as the couple prepare to leave. They follow a man playing the bagpipes down a hill through the guests. They leave in a car decorated with balloons and the wedding party follow behind in a similarly decorated bus. A woman is washing clothes in the river, she looks up and waves at the convoy in the distance as they pass between two lochs on a winding road. They continue on into the countryside passing turf that is drying in the sun and the men cutting the sods. A boy is playing the Jew's Harp beside them in the field and women stack the turf sods. A view of a town is seen and the wedding party make their way to Stornaway Airport. As the couple board the European Airways plane, the guests throw confetti. The bag-pipes are played as the plane takes off leaving tearful well-wishers behind. Cuts back to the countryside and a group of women are gathered around a table outside. They are shrinking their home-spun tweed as they sing an old Gallic song. Lengths of Lewis and Harris tweed are shown.
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