• Short Summary

    The constant down-pour that's flooded England, especially the Southern Counties, during the last week of June has not only spoilt may people's summer holidays but also threatened the corn and fruit harvest.

  • Description

    1.
    Long GV.PAN Wreckage of Air-craft.


    2.
    SV.PAN Men at work in wreckage.


    3.
    CU.PAN Wreckage.


    4.
    LV. Men covering body.


    5.
    CU. Wheels of wrecked plane.


    6.
    CU. Ditto.


    7.
    SV. Two Officers examine wreckage.


    8.
    LV. Wheel from crashed plane.


    9.
    SV. Wheel from plane near house.


    10.
    LV. Two Officers near wreckage.


    11.
    CU. Wreckage.


    12.
    SV.PAN Man covers body with sheet, men carry body to ambulance.


    13.
    GV. Wreckage.


    14.
    SV. Two Officers examine wreckage.


    15.
    SV. Soldiers on guard.


    16.
    GV.PAN Wreckage of air-craft.



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    SOF BEGINS:"Colonel Burrell what kind of a fight...



    "...that occurred just before ... after we took off."



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    1.
    Air View. Floods in SUFFOLK.


    2.
    Air View. Flooded Road.


    3.
    Air View. Floods.


    4.
    GV.PAN over Flooded road to house.


    5.
    SV. Lorry through flooded road.


    6.
    LV. Van ditto.


    7.
    GV. Stranded car on the borders of ESSEX and SUFFOLK.


    8.
    LV. Car being pushed.


    9.
    GV. Tractor through flood.


    10.
    GV.PAN over Flooded field in SUDBURY-SUFFOLK.


    11.
    LV. Bus through flooded road at CLARE-SUFFOLK.


    12.
    CU. Car through flooded road.


    13.
    GV. At BUXTED-SUSSEX Railway line sunk.


    14.
    GV.PAN Men shovelling on to track PAN sunk track.


    15.
    sv.PAN From workmen to rail.


    16.
    LV. Line and shovelling.


    17.
    GV. In KENT, car and lorries through flooded road.


    18.
    CU. Rushing water.


    19.
    CU. Ditto and into drain.


    20.
    CU. Ditto.


    21.
    SV. Lorry through flooded road.


    22.
    SV. Motor-cycle combination.


    23.
    Back V. The above through flooded road.


    24.
    GV. Flooded villager at HAVER HILL.


    25.
    SV. Woman lifting skirt.


    26.
    SV. Women walking through water.


    27.
    GV.PAN Ditto. PAN to car.


    28.
    GV. Policeman on box conducting traffic.


    29.
    CU.PAN Policeman.


    30.
    GV. Flooded Main road.


    1.
    ... SKY SHOT.


    2.
    G.V. BALES OF STRAW IN FIELD- RAINING.


    3.
    S.V. RAIN OF BUSH.


    4.
    PAN FROM ROOF RAIN INTO DRAIN.


    5.
    C.U. DITTO.


    6.
    S.V. RAIN ON GROUND MAN WALKS BY.


    7.
    S.V. RAIN AND CORN.


    8.
    S.V. RAIN ON GROUND.


    9.
    S.V. DITTO.


    10.
    S.V. DITTO.


    11.
    L.V. HERD OF COWS SHELTERING FROM RAIN.


    12.
    G.V. APPLE ORCHARD.


    13.
    C.U. DAMAGED APPLES.


    14.
    C.U. FARMER LOOKING AT DAMAGED APPLES (CAUSED BY HAIL)


    15.
    S.V. POTATOES BEING PICKED.


    16.
    C.U.PAN DITTO.


    17.
    C.U. SACK OF DAMAGED POTATOES.


    18.
    L.V. POTATOES BEING GATHERED.


    19.
    S.V.PAN OVER POTATO FIELD.


    20.
    G.V. STRAWBERRIES BEING PACKED.


    21.
    SV. DITTO.


    22.
    S.C.U. STRAWBERRIES INTO BASKET.


    23.
    S.C.U. WOMAN PICKING STRAWBERRIES.


    24.
    C.U. DITTO AND INTO BASKET.


    25.
    S.V. FARMER PUTTING ON MAC: AS IT STARTS TO RAIN.


    26.
    L.V. DITTO.


    27.
    T.V. MAN PLACING BOXES OF STRAWBERRIES ON GROUND.


    28.
    T.S.V. BOXES OF STRAWBERRIES.


    29.
    C.U. DITTO.


    30.
    G.V. FIELD OF CORN.


    31.
    S.V. DITTO.


    32.
    T.V. DITTO.


    33.
    T.V.PAN OVER FIELD OF CORN.


    34.
    S.C.U.....S.O.F..........



    NARRATOR "HELLO MR. KENT"



    KENT. HOW DO.



    NARRATOR: NOW, WHAT SORT OF YEAR IS IT GOING TO BE FOR THE FARMERS.



    KENT. WELL IT LOOKS LIKE BEING ABOUT THE HEAVIEST CORN GROWING YEAR WE'VE HAD FOR YEARS.



    NARRATOR: IN SPITE OF ALL THE RAIN.



    KENT. WELL IT'S WHAT WE WANT. A WET JUNE, DRY MAY AND A DRIPPING JUNE PUTS EVERYTHING IN TUNE. OF COURSE IT WASN'T SO FIFTEEN YEARS AGO, BUT THE SCIENTISTS HAVE BROUGHT OUT THE SHORT-STRAWED BARLY'S ..LIKE...WHICH YOU SEE BEHIND YOU HERE AND THE....WHEAT OVER THERE, THEY'RE ALL SHORTS STRAWED AND PROVIDED YOU DON'T REALLY SPILL THE NITROGEN(?) BUBBLE COMPLETELY, IT WILL STAND UP, IT WILL TAKE A LOT.



    NARRATOR SO YOU'RE ANTICIPATING A BUMPER HARVEST. WHAT'S IT GOING TO MEAN TO THE ECONOMICS OF FARMING IN GENERAL.



    KENT. WELL I THINK WE'LL HAVE A JOB TO SELL IT ALL AT TOP PRICE, BUT I MEAN, AS LONG AS YOU'VE GOT THE QUANTITY, YOU CAN AFFORD TO TAKE A LOWER PRICE FOR IT.



    NARRATOR. IS THAT SUGAR BEET.



    KENT. THE SUGAR BEET ARE AS BIG NOW AS THEY WERE NEAR THE END OF JULY LAST YEAR.



    NARRATOR. A BUMPER CROP AGAIN.



    KENT. A BUMPER CROP AGAIN.



    NARRATOR. YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO AN ABSOLUTELY SUPER HARVES ALREADY.



    KENT. IT LOOKS LIKE BEING A RIVAL CRACKER.



    NARRATOR. WELL LET'S GO AND HAVE A LOOK AT THE HAY.



    KENT. S.O.F. ENDS............... WELL THAT'S ONE OF THE TROUBLE.


    35.
    S.V. TRACTOR PASSING CAMERA.


    36.
    C.U. HARVESTER WORKING.


    37.
    C.U. TO L.V. DITTO.


    38.
    C.U. HARVESTER PASSING CAMERA.


    39.
    L.V. HARVESTER AT WORK...MR. KENT IN FOREGROUND.



    S.O.F. NOISE OF HARVESTER......MR. KENT TURNS AND SAYS.....



    KENT. WELL THIS IS ONE OF OUR HEADACHES THIS YEAR THIS DAY. WE'VE GOT A FAIR CROP OF IT, A GOOD CROP OF IT REALLY, BUT THE WEATHER IS REALLY BAD FOR THIS. WE'RE TRYING TO DRY IT HERE IF YOU DON'T COME OUT WHEN THE WIND AND THE SUN DON'T PLAY YOU NEVER DO DRY IT. IT'S NO GOD LETTING IT LAY THERE, IT WILL GO ROTTEN IF IT LAYS THERE TOO LONG.



    NARRATOR. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE YOU TO GET IT IN DO YOU THINK.



    KENT. IT'S A QUESTION OF WHEN IT TAKE YOU TO GET IT IN DO YOU THINK.



    KENT. IT'S A QUESTION OF WHEN WE CAN GET AT IT. IT WON'T TAKE LONG WHEN YOU CAN GET AT IT.



    NARRATOR. NO.



    KENT. I BELIEVE WE COULD DO THE WHOLE JOB IN A WEEK.



    NARRATOR. YES, YOU'VE JUST GOT TO WAIT UNTIL IT STOPS RAINING.



    KENT. YOU'VE GOT TO WAIT UNTIL IT STOPS RAINING.



    NARRATOR. ANOTHER THING I'D LIKE TO ASK YOU MR. KENT- IT'S A BAD YEAR FOR GAME I SHOULD THINK.



    KENT. OH, AWFUL, AWFUL. THE WILD - THE YOUNG WILD PHEASANTS ARE ALWAYS LOST NEARLY ALL OF THEM. BAD, VERY BAD, AND YOUNG PARTRIDGES TOO. YOU MUST HAVE DRY EPSOM WEEK AND DRY ASCOT WEEK FOR GAME. TWO MOST IMPORTANT WEEKS OF THE YEAR.



    NARRATOR. WELL YOU CAN'T HAVE IT ALL WAYS.



    KENT. SOUND ON FILM ENDS. YOU CAN'T NO.


    40.
    G.V. SHOT THROUGH TREES.


    41.
    S.C.U. WHEAT.


    42.
    C.U. DITTO.


    43.
    C.U. BARLY BLOWING IN THE WIND.


    44.
    SKY SHOT SHOWING HEAVY CLOUDS.


    45.
    G.V.PAN OVER FIELD OF WHEAT.


    46.
    PAN FROM WHEAT BEING HARVESTED TO CLOUDS IN THE SKY.




    Initials S-D A.W./P.B.



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The constant down-pour that's flooded England, especially the Southern Counties, during the last week of June has not only spoilt may people's summer holidays but also threatened the corn and fruit harvest. Ironically this, the wettest June for fifty-five years, has been the best for some years from the farmers' point of view. The crops are swelling out, fields, bushes and trees are ladened with an abundance of fruits. Financially the farmers are in for a good year, if the rain eases up soon. The same water that feeds the crops is now likely to rot them.

    So, for the most part, while the majority of people have peered out at the deluge, reciting prayers and threats, the farmers have sat back rubbing their hands. To ordinary city people the farming communities are an odd batch of characters. When it rains they're delighted, as long as it doesn't rain too long, and if the sun shines for more than three or four days at one go they wail that there's a drought and all is lost.

    But now, after at least seven days of rain, the farmer is hoping for fine weather. According to one farmer, Mr. Arthur Kent of Chippenham, Cambridgeshire, there's a little rhyme about a wet June.

    It looks as if Mr. Kent's rhyme might come true, for on Sunday, June 29th., the rain stopped as suddenly as it started. The sun blazed down and sent the thermometers soaring into the seventies in some parts, and the ceiling of cloud that's carried the rain has broken up, and the brilliant blue sky, that one usually associates with June, is smiling down on the land.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEQENK2YNURMIYE4D5VNU8YU5E
    Media URN:
    VLVAEQENK2YNURMIYE4D5VNU8YU5E
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/06/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:05:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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