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  • Short Summary

    The Prince of Wales visits Lyons' Tea factory at Greenford.

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    Full titles read: "VISIT OF H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF WALES TO LYONS' GREENFORD FACTORY. - The Prince displayed the greatest interest in the blending and packing of Lyons' Teas. His Royal Highness not only watched the various processes by which the blends are contrived and the packing controlled, but asked many questions. His keeness [sic] gave further evidence of how intimate he desires to be with the conditions of work in the production [remainder of title obscured by timecode]."

    Greenford, Middlesex.

    Intertitle reads: "The Prince arrives at Greenford."
    M/S of the Prince of Wales (Duke of Windsor, King Edward VIII) getting out of a car outside the Lyons' Tea factory; a group of Girl Guides stands by the entrance.

    Intertitle reads: "Girl Guides guard of honour, and reception by Mr. Alfred Salmon, Chairman of the Company."
    The Prince shakes hands with some Girl Guides and Mr Salmon.

    Intertitle reads: "The Prince watching overhead conveyors carrying chests of Tea from barges which bring them by canal from Tilbury to the Customs House at the factory."
    The Prince and his entourage walk past the overhead conveyors and look at a canal barge.

    Intertitle reads: "Three war heroes inspected by the Prince."
    The Prince shakes hands with three war veterans wearing medals; he chats to the men and reads a piece of paper one of them hands him.

    Intertitle reads: "The Tea-packing machines. The Prince showed great interest in the process, and actually helped some of the packages along. The London "Evening News" said: "Some housewives will buy packets of tea which the Prince of Wales has helped to make.""
    M/S of the Prince looking around the tea-packing machine room.

    Intertitle reads: "Weighing machines. The Prince of Wales watched intently the wrapping, inside and outside, labelling and weighing, all done electrically. These machines work at the rate of 70 a minute." (New intertitle) "Accurate weight is assured through frequent checking by means of a delicate balance."
    Several shots of the Prince looking at the tea-packing machine.

    Intertitle reads: "A near view of one of the great Tea-packing machines. These are not only all-British but 50 per cent. quicker in their work than any foreign machine doing similar work."
    Similar shots of the Prince at the tea-packing machine.

    Intertitle reads: "The Prince leaving the factory."
    High angle shot of the Prince's car leaving the factory; factory workers line the streets and wave.

    Intertitle reads: "Workers giving the Prince a hearty send-off; a convoy of Tea leaving the factory at the same time."
    Several Lyons' Tea lorries follow the Prince's car out of the factory. High angle shot of factory workers (nearly all women) waving at the camera.

    Note: intertitles seem fairly modern - could be a special version produced for Lyons.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:41:13:00 / 01:48:16:00
    G 1532

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