As the price of gold continues to fluctuate on world money markets, hundreds of old gold mines are being re-activated in the hopes of cashing in on the boom.
B & W LIBRARY FILM GV Miner digging and panning for gold in Wales (2 shots)
COLOUR GV Welsh countryside CAMERA PANS
MV Entrance to mine
MV TO CU Miner drilling (4 shots)
MV Miner tips bucket of ore into truck
MV Miner, Jack Williams, sorting through ore (4 shots)
CU Miner pushes truck of ore from mine
CU Jack Williams being interviewed by John Darby
GV EXTERIOR Mine entrance
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 8: WILLIAMS: "I've proved my point. I only wish I could've had a chance earlier in my left, but I just couldn't you see. Somebody always had the lease and so forth -- people that didn't know a thing about it and whatever you to you must have some knowledge how to do it."
DARBY: "So your satisfaction comes in having proved that there is gold here, not the money that comes from gold."
WILLIAMS: "Quite, quite, that's it, and I'll be able to show it to the younger generation, just the hang of it."
Williams says the mine could go on forever -- or until the gold runs out - whichever comes first.
REPORTER: JOHN DARBY
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Background: As the price of gold continues to fluctuate on world money markets, hundreds of old gold mines are being re-activated in the hopes of cashing in on the boom. One such mine is in the Welsh mountains of Snowdonia. It was first opened in 1887, and now it's undergoing a rejuvenation in the hopes that it will lead to new finds of that precious metal.
SYNOPSIS: In the 1880's hundreds of prospectors arrived in Snowdonia looking for gold. The hunt went on for about thirty years.
By then most of the Welsh mines had closed down and the valleys, once busy, returned to farming.
But now the price of gold means, that in some cases, it's worth reopening mines in the hopes of finding what the oldtimers might have missed. At the turn of the century the Clogau (CLOG - I) mine employed two hundred and fifty men. today about seventy work here, burrowing into a hillside that produced the gold for the wedding rings of the Queen and Princess Anne.
In the mines of South Africa one ounce of gold in a ton of rock is considered acceptable. In Wales so?? recent samples have contained five hundred and fifty five ounces in a ton! Much of the old equipment for the earlier excavations is being re-used. The rusted trams for carrying the ore, the track, a crusher, and the outbuildings. Miner Jack Williams explained why the mines have been reopened.