• Short Summary

    THE ILLUMINATED CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS IN LONDON'S WEST END ARE NOW SHINING IN THEIR FULL SPLENDOUR.?

  • Description

    1.
    GV REGENT STREET, LIGHTS NOT SWITCHED ON
    0.06

    2.
    SCU MAYORS OF WESTMINSTER AND MARYLEBONE SWITCH ON LIGHTS
    0.10

    3.
    CU SWITCH OPERATED LIGHTS ON IN REGENT STREET
    0.12

    4.
    LIGHTS ON IN REGENT STREET
    0.18

    5.
    CU OVERSEAS VISITORS
    0.23

    6.
    SV LIGHTS (2 SHOTS)
    0.30

    7.
    TRAVEL SHOT DOWN REGENT STREET
    0.44

    8.
    GV REGENT STREET
    0.49

    9.
    GV TRAVEL SHOT...OXFORD STREET
    0.59

    10.
    SV ONLOOKERS
    1.03

    11.
    SV TRAVEL SHOT... OXFORD STREET (shots)
    1.20

    12.
    SV ENTRANCE TO DEPARTMENT STORE
    1.27



    Initials KJ-DR/V/WH/SGM



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE ILLUMINATED CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS IN LONDON'S WEST END ARE NOW SHINING IN THEIR FULL SPLENDOUR. THE OXFORD STREET LIGHTS WENT ON LAST NIGHT, AND THE REGENT STREET ILLUMINATIONS WERE SWITCHED ON TONIGHT (THURSDAY) BY THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF WESTMINSTER
    THIS IS THE NINTH YEAR OF THE DECORATIONS IN REGENT STREET. EACH YEAR THERE IS A CENTRAL THEME. THIS YEAR IT IS THE STORY OF THE THREE WISE KINGS - CASPAR, MELCHIOR AND BALTHASAR - WHO BROUGHT GIFTS OF GOLD, FRANKINCENSE AND MYRRH TO THE BABY CHRIST.

    THE KINGS HAVE BEEN MADE ON PANELS, ILLUMINATED FROM WITHIN. THE EFFECT, ACHIEVED BY A SECRET PROCESS, RESEMBLES A STAINED GLASS WINDOW. THE COST OF THE DISPLAY IS MET BY THE SHOPS IN REGENT STREET.

    THE CHRISTMAS TREE THEME OF THE OXFORD STREET DECORATIONS HAS MADE USE OF THE WINTER WEATHER. THE TREES ARE SO DESIGNED THAT THE SLIGHTEST PUFF WILL SET THEM GLITTERING FLUTTERING.

    PLANNING FOR THE DECOR BEGAN BEFORE LAST CHRISTMAS AND ACTUAL WORK STARTED IN MAY. THE FIRST TASK WAS TO MAKE EXTENSIVE SAFETY TESTS ON THE DECORATIONS AND CHECK THAT THE MODELS WOULD STAND UP TO THE BITTEREST WEATHER CONDITIONS.

    FOR THE NEXT MONTH, THE TWO STREETS WILL BE CRAMMED, NOT ONLY WITH SHOPPERS, BUT WITH THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE BRINGING THEIR CHILDREN TO SEE THE MAGIC OF THE CHRISTMAS STORY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8OCSD8LGXANV7L8O624WZRXBP
    Media URN:
    VLVA8OCSD8LGXANV7L8O624WZRXBP
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/11/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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