• Short Summary

    THIS LONG BRIDGE SPANNING THE CHOA PHYA RIVER LINKS THE THAI CAPITAL OF BANGKOK WITH ITS TWIN TOWN THONBURI - AND A DISTINGUISHED GUESTS AT THE CEREMONY WAS MR.

  • Description

    THIS LONG BRIDGE SPANNING THE CHOA PHYA RIVER LINKS THE THAI CAPITAL OF BANGKOK WITH ITS TWIN TOWN THONBURI - AND A DISTINGUISHED GUESTS AT THE CEREMONY WAS MR. T. OGATA, THE CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE PROJECT.

    THE BRIDGE CONSTRUCTED BY A JAPANESE FIRM WAS GAILY DECORATED FOR ITS OFFICIAL OPENING AND THE MANAGING DIRECTOR MR. SAITO AND VICE-PRESIDENT MR. T. ICHIHARA HAD FLOWN IN FOR THE BIG OCCASION.

    THE OPENING WAS FIXED FOR THE 24TH JUNE, THE NATIONAL THAI DAY - A LITERALLY CONSTRUCTIVE WAS OF STARTING THE NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATIONS. AND THAI PRIME MINISTER MARSHAL SARIT THANARAT WAS THERE, ALONG WITH HIS WIFE, AND SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.

    THE MARSHAL OFFICIATED AT THE MORE INFORMAL OPENING CEREMONY AND THANKED ALL THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH THE VENTURE.

    AND THEN HE CUT A TAPE TO DECLARE OPEN THE U.S. TWO-AND-A-HALF MILLION DOLLAR BRIDGE WHICH WILL EASE THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC BETWEEN BANGKOK AND THONBURI NOW SERVED ONLY BY AN INADEQUATE BRIDGE.

    THE FAMOUS FUJI MOTOR CAR MANUFACTURING COMPANY OF JAPAN BUILT THE NEW MODERN BRIDGE.

    MARSHAL SARIT'S CAR LED A CARCADE OVER THE BRIDGE IMMEDIATELY AFTER ITS FORMAL OPENING - A TASK, IT IS SAID, USED TO BE UNDERTAKEN IN OLDEN DAYS BY THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR BUILDING IT AS A DEMONSTRATION OF THEIR FAITH IN THEIR WORK.

    THAT WAS THE SIGNAL FOR A LARGE WAITING CROWD TO "SEIGE" THE BRIDGE AND ESTABLISH THEIR CLAIM TO BE THE FIRST TO HAVE USED IT.

    THE PEOPLE WERE NATURALLY PROUD TO SEE THE MODERN BRIDGE A VITAL LINK IN THE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE CAPITAL AND ITS TWIN TOWN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD64AK25SC8GA5HSISXM8GCS1T
    Media URN:
    VLVAD64AK25SC8GA5HSISXM8GCS1T
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/05/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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