The "Ulster 71" exhibition, which begins in Belfast on May 14, aims to show visitors the best of the British province's life and industry, and change its image as the scene continual sectarian strife.
SV PULL BACK TO GV Conductor with mass choir of Ulster schools and band rehearsing
GV SIGN "Ulster 71" ZOOM TO Contemporary sculpture
GV Preparations outside exhibition hall
SV Preparations (2 shots)
CU Barbed wire nearby
LV Exhibition hall
CU Spokesman (SOF)
SV PAN Military dummies
TRACKING SHOT through various exhibits
CU Model of sea oil drilling rig
SV PAN Fluorescent lighting exhibit
SV Model of new Belfast City Hospital
TRANSCRIPT: SPOKESMAN: "We have to try and change the image of Northern Ireland. It isn't all it could be, this last three years we have taken something of a beating in all the media. We must change that image. "By our skills we live" is the motto of this exhibition, and it really is the case. We must attract industry, we must attract economic investment, we must attract tourism. And to do that we must put on something very large. This is in fact the biggest exhibition to be mounted in the whole of the British isles since the Festival of Britain in 1951."
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Background: The "Ulster 71" exhibition, which begins in Belfast on May 14, aims to show visitors the best of the British province's life and industry, and change its image as the scene continual sectarian strife.
The exhibition, which cost GBP800.000 ( nearly two million U.S. dollars ) is similar in concept to the 1951 "Festival of Britain" exhibition, and is designed as that one was to attract industry and investment to the country.
One of the organisers spoke to a BBC reporter about its aim:
SYNOPSIS: A massed choir of Belfast school-children rehearses in the impressive arena of the "Ulster 71" exhibition, due to start on the 14th of May and run for the rest of the summer.
There should be 1500 children here, but there are fewer than that number present. A couple of Catholic schools have withdrawn, reminding everyone of the back-ground of sectarian strife in this British province.
The "Ulster 71" exhibition is designed to improve this bad image of Northern Ireland.
The people are setting out to show here life in the province as the majority of her people would like the rest of the world to see it, trying to shake off the picture in the public mind of bombs and riots, though reminders of them are never far away.
The cost of it all is GBP800,000, that's approaching two million dollars. A spokesman of the organisers explains their hopes:
With in the exhibition hall and its plastic domes there is undoubted testimony to achievement. No time this to brood on how many industrialists, viewing Ulster's troubles from afar, chose not to open new factories here, or how many went elsewhere for their holidays. The aim is now to attract back the tourists and new industry, and to create new jobs. So Ulster 71 goes ahead, a product of sheer economic necessity.