• Short Summary

    WORK STARTED YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) ON A BRIDGE TO FULFIL THE CENTURIES-OLD CREAM OF SPANNING THE BOSPHORUS, AND LINKING ASIA AND EUROPE.

  • Description

    WORK STARTED YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) ON A BRIDGE TO FULFIL THE CENTURIES-OLD CREAM OF SPANNING THE BOSPHORUS, AND LINKING ASIA AND EUROPE. AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY WAS THE TURKISH PRESIDENT, CEVDET SUNDAY, AND PRIME MINISTER SULEYMAN DEMIREL, AS WELL AS A LARGE PARTY OF OFFICIAL GUESTS INCLUDING THE CZECHOSLOVAKIAN AMBASSADOR, ALEXANDER DUBCEK.

    THREE SHEEP WERE SACRIFICED AT THE MOMENT WORK BEGAN, AND BOATS ON THE BOSPHORUS, WHICH DIVIDES TURKEY BETWEEN TWO CONTINENTS, SALUTED THE PROJECT WITH A CHORUS OF SHIPS' HORNS.

    PRIME MINISTER DEMIREL TOLD THE 5,000 GUESTS THAT THE BRIDGE WILL ENABLE PEOPLE TO WALK IN PEACE BETWEEN TWO CONTINENTS.

    WHEN THE BRIDGE ACROSS THE NARROW STRAITS IS COMPLETED IT WILL HAVE 5,118 FEET (1,560 METRES) SPAN -- LONGER THAN AND SUSPENSION BRIDGE IN EUROPE.

    PRESIDENT SUNAY CALLED FOR THE BRIDGE TO BE COMPLETED TO COINCIDE WITH THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TURKISH REPUBLIC IN 1973. THE 30 MILLION DOLLAR (12.5 MILLION STERLING) CONTRACT WAS WON BY A CONSORTIUM OF BRITISH AND WEST GERMAN FIRMS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA50ZN3XZX8XFXTH4YRASCFN41M
    Media URN:
    VLVA50ZN3XZX8XFXTH4YRASCFN41M
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/02/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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