Wonderful documentary about the history of Liverpool.
Reel 6. Speke Airport - the first regular helicopter passenger service from Liverpool to Cardiff. Various shots of helicopter being loaded and taking off. Aerial shots.
Handicapped children's day out at Southport - paid for by Mersey firms. Various shots of the children travelling in cars. Balloons being let loose in the sky.
The Empress of Scotland docks in Liverpool. Various shots of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh disembarking and of the liner. A group of Canadian Mounties are seen.
Princess visits the Cathedral and is presented with a bouquet of the red roses of Lancaster. Bells of the Cathedral are rung for the first time.
Otterspool (sp?) promenade on the river Mersey - opened to the public in 1950. Various shots of the promenade.
Housing in the 1950s - drive for new and better homes. Flats and housing estates. Various shots of construction and new housing. Idyllic shots - baby playing in a garden, men playing bowls etc. L/S of a grand timbered building. Shots of a grand old age pensioners home. Men with sticks walk in the ground - other elderly people sit together and chat. They look at old photographs of Liverpool.
Lord Street is seen in an old photograph, and as it is "today." Junction of Rice Lane and Queens Drive seen in an old and a current still photograph. The original old Philharmonic Hall contrasted with how it looks today. Home of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society. High angle photograph of the pier head. The new pier head is seen. Various Liverpool landmarks are seen. Voiceover states that Liverpool was the home for the first Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the first school for the blind and the first school of tropical medicine. Various shots of buildings in Liverpool City centre and street scenes with majestic music rising to a crescendo as Liverpool's achievements are listed.
Made for the Corporation of the City of Liverpool by Associated British-Pathe. Film Editor - Charles Chart. Library Research - Harry Wynder. Historical Research - Reg Millington. Sound - George Newberry and Nolan Roberts. Dubbing Editor - Don Brewer. Script - Roy Lewis. Associate Producer - Lionel Hoare. Produced by Terry Ashwood.
Note: documentation file exists which includes shot list and details of library material used in this documentary.