Film: 9639

Places + Locations | 1950 | Sound | Colour


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Southern Scotland and the Scottish borders 1950's

Opening sequences: Farmers on hillside tending sheep. Large farmhouse. Stills, local sheep enclosures. Dry stane (stone) dykes. Exterior butchers shop in High Street of small town. Shop window with joints of lamb, mutton. Scotch pies, sheep with full wool fleece. Panning shot of Hawick in Scottish Borders. Shop windows with tweed garments on sale. Also female jumpers cardigans and tartan skirts. Main Street Hawick with old style bus. Registration number LSC 566. Boots The Chemist shop sign in background. Women with sowing machines. Tweed basin. Tractor. Seagulls. River Tweed. Rolling plain called the marshlands which extends eastwards to the North Sea. Men make haystacks. Panning shot past line of tractors. Combine harvesters in the mersh (marshland). Shot of cattle, Belted Galloways, native to the region. Bred mainly for beef. This part of the Solway Plain is oner of three great milk producing areas. Dairy farming became big business in this part of Scotland for 100. Farmers in this area have practised scientific milk breeding, waging war against tuberculosis or T.B. In 1953 South-West Scotland became the first area to be free of this disease. Dairy farms produce between fifty and sixty million gallons of milk each year. About four fifths is made into milk cheese, butter and condensed milk in local creameries. Dairy Cattle. Milk Marketing Board truck delivering milk. Shot of Dumfries main street on market day. Farmers buy and sell their produce and cattle. Shop windows. Corn Exchange exterior. Buses line North bank of River Nith. Stranraer railway station. Smaller than Dumfries.
Stranraer streets including High Street. Passenger ship leaving Stranraer for Northern Ireland. Mull of Galloway, Portpatrick. Eyemouth a busy fishing port on South-East coast. Tree felling in forest. Earthmover. Water from Loch Doune and River Dee have beeen trapped and stored in artifical reservoirs. Shots of power stations. Electricity generating equipment including pylons. Galloway Hydro-Electric scheme. Chapelcross(two miles North-East of Annan) power station driven by nuclear power. Border Castles with distinctive Peel towers near Peebles and Gannock. Jedburgh Castle. Berwick town centre and bridge. Border valleys. The Common Riding, annual event when horses are riden through the marshes. Memorial statue with symbolic act of attaching colours to statue in town centre.

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