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  • Short Summary

    The Duke and Duchess of York visit Aberdeen where they open a large building, possibly a hospital.

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    Item title reads - Aberdeen.

    Aberdeen, Scotland.

    L/S as the camera pans across a very large building (could be a hospital). M/S of nurses lined up, M/S of a man greeting Prince Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI), who is wearing a kilt, and the Duchess of York (later Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother). The Prince walks up the steps and unlocks the door with a key. M/S pan across elderly people sitting down. M/S as ladies in fox fur greet the royal couple who smile. M/S as they enter the building. M/S as they emerge afterwards with other dignitaries. M/S of excited nurses waving. M/S as the car drives away and the nurses line up and wave.

    Note: the soundtrack to this item is missing, the paperwork does not indicate what the building is.

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Black & White
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    01:38:31:00 / 01:39:16:00

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  1. NHSGrampianArchives says

    This is the opening of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary on its new premises at Foresterhill in Aberdeen on 22nd September 1936 by the Duke and Duchess of York. The Infirmary was the second hospital to open on the Foresterhill site, the first being the Royal Aberdeen Hospital for Sick Children which opened in 1929, followed by Aberdeen Maternity Hospital in 1937.

    The move to the Foresterhill site began in the early 1920s and was the brainchild of Matthew Hay, Medical Officer of Health for Aberdeen. He realised that further expansion of the hospitals in their current location wasn't feasible, and that having a hospital complex with different services on one site was the way forward. Foresterhill is now home to one of Europe's largest hospital complexes, with further expansion in progress.

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