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    Bury, Lancashire.

    At a sweet factory we see a woman pouring food colouring into a jar; another woman weighs butter, adding cream and brown liquid to a well in it (glucose? treacle?). A man cuts slices of the butter and stirs it into a large copper vat; syrupy liquid trickles out of another machine as a man folds the treacle into a hole in the centre of a revolving pan.

    Clear syrup is poured into a tray and onto a work surface as a man adds food colouring by hand. Another man folds a large dollop of sweet mixture into shape. Various shots of sweet mixture coming through a machine, being stretched and twisted until it can be cut into sweet sized pieces. Several shots of wrapped sweets travelling along conveyor belts and being sealed into bags (these are chocolate eclairs); two girls put the packets of sweets into boxes. M/S of sweets falling from a chute into a large pile.

    Cuts exist - see separate records.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
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    Time in/Out:
    01:28:56:00 / 01:32:03:00
    CP 636
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    CP 636
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    Science & Technology Trade & Industry
    Social History Other interesting stuff doghouse - sweets Sweets heston - master 2 bensons Food Factory
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    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

Comments (1)

  1. Dr Reddy says

    As a young boy in the 1970s I visited Bensons sweet factory in Bury. My mother, father, sister and many friends once worked there. My father is the worker shown adding the red dye to the sweet mixture (1min,25sec). He was known as Johnny Reddy and from being a sugar boiler aged 15, he went on to become group General Manager of Bensons, Barker & Dobson and Victory V.

    The opening shot of the Lady, mixing flavouring and butter, reminds me of the essence room, which smelled like nothing else on earth - it was wonderful. The film portrays a different era in England, when manufacturing paid well and provided the means for people to buy their own homes and go on regular holidays - Happy Days!

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