• Short Summary

    The construction of the "Best of Britain" in miniature on a four acre site on Britain's southwest coast is nearing completion.

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    The construction of the "Best of Britain" in miniature on a four acre site on Britain's southwest coast is nearing completion.

    Models of St. Paul's Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, Tower Bridge and sections of Scotland, Wales and Corwall will all be within walking distance for the thousands of tourists who are expected to visit Tucktonia when it opens on 24 May.

    The model landscape in Christchurch in the county of Dorset is the biggest in Europe, and possibly in the world. It has been built to a scale of 1:24 which means, for example, that St. Paul's is some 14 feet (3 1/2 metres) high.

    The theme of the landscape - the "Best of Britain" - features the country's historical buildings, her pageantry, industry, commerce and technological achievements.

    Tucktonia is no static world either. Planes taxi on the miniature runway of an airport, express trains rush along her railways, motor transport speeds along her motorways and ships sail her waterways. A sophisticated computer system controls all this and model people too.

    There's a model of Britain's most luxurious ocean liner, Queen Elizabeth the Second, and a modern super oil tanker. And of course the latest technological achievement, the supersonic Concorde is on display in miniature.

    SYNOPSIS: Britain's spectacular Trafalgar Square with the proud Lord Nelson overseeing the central part of London. But this Lord Nelson is just 14 feet high. He's one of the hundreds of models in Tucktonia - a miniature display of the "Best of Britain" constructed near Christchurch in the country of Dorset. The construction is nearing completion and will be open to thousands of tourists on the 24th of May.

    Past glories when Britannia ruled the waves are represented by this accurate miniature of the royal admiralty at Greenwich. A million pounds has been spent on the four-acre development. Top craftsmen have rallied from throughout the United Kingdom to make the models.

    Britain's architectural heritage is featured prominently. There's the Tower of London. And some of London's history has been revived with a replica of the old city before the great fire. A full complement of river craft has been constructed to sail up and down Father Thames.

    Tucktonia will be far from a static display. Sophisticated computers will control ships on her waterways, planes on a miniature airport; express trains on railways and motor transport speeding along model motorways. The landscape will be the biggest of its kind in Europe and probably in the world. It also features modern technological feats like a supertanker and of course the supersonic Concorde.

    St. Paul's Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece built 300 years ago, has a prominent place. All the models are built on a ratio of one to 24.

    The display doesn't stop with London. There are also scenes from A Cornish fishing village; ship-building yards form the north; a castle from Scotland and a quarry and nuclear power station from Wales. All this in easy walking distance.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4UTXM0MFIDBY6QHESNEIFT5QC
    Media URN:
    VLVA4UTXM0MFIDBY6QHESNEIFT5QC
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/05/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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