A new bridge which joins the Yugoslavian mainland with the island of Krk, in the Adriatic, has been named after former President Josip Broz Tito.
GV PAN & ZOOM New bridge linking Yugoslavia with island of Krk in Adriatic Sea (3 shots)
GV PAN Crowd at opening ceremony (2 shots)
CU & SV Portrait of former President Tito hanging on draped flag (2 shots)
SV ZOOM Yugoslavia's President Cvijetin Mijatovic (grey hair) seated at opening ceremony
GV Crowd of people
GV Parachutist flies over water
SV & LV PAN Sign on bridge reading: "Titov Most". Bridge TO boats at anchor (3 shots)
SV President Mijatovic cuts ceremonial ribbon and is congratulated by officials (2 shots)
SV PAN President Mijatovic walks on to bridge with other officials
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Background: A new bridge which joins the Yugoslavian mainland with the island of Krk, in the Adriatic, has been named after former President Josip Broz Tito. The Isle of Krk was a favourite holiday resort of the Yugoslavian leader who died in May.
SYNOPSIS: Yugoslavian engineers and construction workers took four years to complete the Tito Bridge which is in two sections; from the mainland to a small unpopulated island, then on to Krk in the far north of the Adriatic. Krk is the largest of 725 islands in the Adriatic. It's also the most developed and to Yugoslavia, one of the most important.
A measure of local pride in the achievement was reflected in the formality of the opening ceremony, performed on Saturday (19 July) by Marshal Tito's successor, President Cvijetin Mijatovic.
Until now, for local and foreign tourists alike, the only way on to Krk has been by sea and air...although parachute flying was tried by one adventurer on bridge-opening day.
The sign on the panel translates as Tito's Word. Tito's Bridge is 14-hundred and 40 metres (1,600 yards) long and sets a couple of world records too. The larger arch is 390 metres (430 yards) wide and on the same span, the road surface is 67 metres (75 yards) above the water. The culmination of forty-eight months work by four-and-a-half-thousand people came when President Mijatovic cut the ceremonial opening ribbon.
Now, the four ferries which were Krk's main transport link with the mainland have gone and the future of the island's tourist industry seems assured.