• Short Summary

    Visnews filmed the demolition of three war-time radar towers at Bolton Hill, Dunkirk, Ken Jan 22.

  • Description

    1.
    GV Showing the four radar towers standing.
    6 ft

    2.
    AV Showing upper portion of one of the towers.
    4 ft

    3.
    SLV Men setting charges etc., at base of tower.
    3.5 ft

    4.
    SV Pan up. Man cutting through iron work of tower with an acetylene cutter, pan up to framework.
    8 ft

    5.
    LV First tower topples.
    16 ft

    6.
    SLV Wreckage.
    3 ft

    7.
    SV Ditto.
    3 ft

    8.
    LV Second tower topples.
    17.5 ft

    9.
    SLV Wreckage.
    3 ft

    10.
    SV Ditto.
    3 ft

    11.
    SLV Men placing charges etc, at base of third tower to be demolished.
    5 ft

    12.
    CU Workmen. watching.
    3 ft

    13.
    lv Third tower topples.
    24 ft

    14.
    LV Pan From remaining tower, pan over to nearby houses.
    8 ft



    Initials TDH/MR/RL



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Visnews filmed the demolition of three war-time radar towers at Bolton Hill, Dunkirk, Ken Jan 22. People living nearby were warned to open all windows and to stay in the rear of houses to lesson risk of blast damage as the 360 feet high towers came crashing to the ground.

    Made redundant by the Air Ministry the towers were sold, by auction, to a scrap dealer for GBP3,500. In came the dealers wrecking crew with their acetylene cutters and explosive charges - out of existence went three bastions of Britain's anti-aircraft defence during World War II.

    A fourth tower is being left standing. Taken over by the United States Air Force in Britain it will be strengthened and used in connection with Micro-Wave Radio Communications Links.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9GOMAF165UA5K35887DAD4ZS9
    Media URN:
    VLVA9GOMAF165UA5K35887DAD4ZS9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/01/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MXF
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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