Various takes of Sir Charles Reid's interview at home following his resignation from the National Coal Board, saying he is sad to go but feels no bitterness.
EASTBOURNE, East Sussex
LS General view of the country around Eastbourne, typical English country scene. (Mute).
MS Pathe reporter, John Parsons, and Sir Charles Reid walking from house to garden. (Mute). LS General view of the country side. (Mute). LS Back view of John Parsons interviewing Reid on the lawn with Mitchell camera in background. (Mute). MS Front view of the house. (2 shots). (Mute). MS Reid and Parsons walking from house into garden. MS Reid and Parsons walking from house into garden. MS Reid and John Parsons in positions before the mike for interviewing on his resignation from the National Coal Board (NCB). MS Parsons and Reid in interview (off cuts). Parsons: "Sir Charles, are you sorry to go?" Reid: "I'm very sorry to go because the biggest thing in my life are the pits and this reorganisation is a thing that's been in my mind for so long and it's a sad day for me to leave it all." CU Reid, interview continues: Parsons: "Tell us, Sir Charles, are you sorry to go?" Reid: "I'm a very sad man today because I've given up the biggest thing in my life. The reorganisation of the mines has been in my mind for many a day and now I'm leaving it. That makes me sad." Parsons: "How do you feel sir about the people you are leaving behind?" Reid: "I would like to say there's no bitterness in my heart at all. My colleagues on the Board have been helpful and kind in every way. And I would like to pay them a tribute. They've done their very best with the machine they had and I would like specially to say that the Chairman and Vice-Chairman have been devotion itself in their desire to see this thing work." Parsons: "Have you any message for the miners, sir?" Reid: "I'd only say this to all the men and managers throughout the country. The machine can be changed. I believe the machine will be changed and we shall get eventually a machine that will make for happiness for you all. I believe that the industry will go on to prosper in the days to come and I would like to give you all my regards, every one of you and to say that I wish you well. Will that do?"
Note: Date received on original paperwork reads: 20/5/48. All the above shots have sound unless otherwise indicated.