• Short Summary

    TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TODAY (FRIDAY) GATHERED AT QUEENSFERRY, IN SCOTLAND, TO SEE AND HEAR THE CLIMAX TO ONE OF THE GREATEST CIVIL ENGINEERING PROJECTS CARRIED OUT IN BRITAIN SINCE THE END OF WORLD WAR TWO.

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    TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TODAY (FRIDAY) GATHERED AT QUEENSFERRY, IN SCOTLAND, TO SEE AND HEAR THE CLIMAX TO ONE OF THE GREATEST CIVIL ENGINEERING PROJECTS CARRIED OUT IN BRITAIN SINCE THE END OF WORLD WAR TWO. IT WAS THE OPENING BY THE QUEEN OF THE FORTH SUSPENSION BRIDGE, THE IDEA FOR WHICH WAS FIRST PUT FORWARD 40 YEARS AGO.

    MIST, WHICH THREATENED TO RUIN THE OFFICIAL OPENING, ROLLED CLEAR ONLY A SHORT WHILE BEFORE THE QUEEN AND THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH ARRIVED AT THE DAIS SET UP ON THE SOUTH PLAZA.

    AS THE QUEEN, WEARING A BLUE COAT AND FEATHERED HAT, DROVE UP - EIGHT SHIPS OF THE ROYAL NAVY LYING IN THE MIST ENSHROUDED ESTUARY BUMMED OUT A 21 GUN SALUTE AS A PRELUDE TO THE CEREMONY. HOWEVER, THE ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS FORCED THE CANCELLATION OF A FLY-PAST BY PLANES OF THE R.A.F.

    ASIDE FROM THE WORKMEN AND SIGHTSEERS GATHERED AT QUEENSFERRY, MORE THAN 500 GUESTS, INCLUDING SIR ALEC DOUGLAS-HOME, THE PRIME MINISTER, WERE ON HAND FOR THE CEREMONY.

    IN HER SPEECH, THE QUEEN DESCRIBED THE BRIDGE, A MILE OF CONCRETE AND STEEL, AS A "TRIUMPH OF ENGINEERING SKILL".

    A MILE AND A HALF OF CHEERS AWAITED THE QUEEN AND THE DUKE OF EDINBURG AS THEY MADE THE FIRST OFFICIAL DRIVE ACROSS THE BRIDGE. THE HUNDREDS OF MEN WHO TOILED ON THE HUGE STRUCTURE GATHERED ON THE CARRIAGEWAY TO WELCOME THE ROYAL COUPLE.

    ON THE FIFE SIDE OF THE BRIDGE, THERE WERE PRESENTATIONS TO MEN WHO'D WORKED ON THE PROJECT AND THEN, AS A SYMBOLIC GESTURE, THE QUEEN AND PRINCE PHILIP DROVE TO NORTH QUEENSFERRY FOR THE JOURNEY BACK ACROSS THE FORTH. NOW, THE GBP20 MILLION BRIDGE WILL SUPERCEDE THE FERRIES ON THE FORTH, WHICH HAVE FOR 800 YEARS CARRIED TRAVELLERS BACK AND FORTH ACROSS THE FAMED RIVER ESTUARY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVALVMPVZ4VJYIRESEP0Z70QVOD
    Media URN:
    VLVALVMPVZ4VJYIRESEP0Z70QVOD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/09/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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