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    Emergency at Windscale atomic plant - milk form surrounding farms contaminated.

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    Windscale and Egremont, Cumberland.

    GV. Windscale atomic station, herd of cows which ate contaminated grass are seen in foreground. SV. One of the cows, station in background. SV. Top of atomic tower from which radioactive dust escaped. GV. Farmer Bill Hewitson wearing cap showing a friend how near his farm is to the atomic station. Station is seen over the gate in background. SCU. Farmer Hewitson's cows eating grass. SV. Interior shot, Mr Stan Ritson seated on couch with his wife looking at newspaper cutting of himself. He was one of the team who helped to put fire out in the atomic pile and he became radioactive. CU. Newspaper cutting telling his story. GV. Herd of cows coming in for milking at Atkinson's farm, atomic station in background. SV. Cows going into milking shed. SV. Interior, milkman attaching electrical milking apparatus to cow. CU. Cow's head. SV. Milking machine in operation. SV. Pan, milk lorry carrying churns of contaminated milk to the Milk Marketing Board, at Egremont for dumping. Camera pans to atomic station in background. LV. Lorries at milk dumping centre. SV. Sign on lorry reading 'You'll Feel a Lot Better if You Drink More Milk'. AS. Man tipping milk down drain. SV. Another man making a note of what milk is being thrown away. AS. Man tipping another churn of milk down drain. SCU. Milk going down drain. SV. Pan, Miss Thelma MacMillan delivering milk in Egremont in little truck. This milk has been brought in from another district and is not contaminated. The truck stops and Thelma steps off and walks towards milk crates at the back. SCU. She lifts bottle of milk from one of the crates. SV. She places milk on doorstep and walks back to truck with an empty bottle. GV. Windscale Atomic Station as seen through wire fence.

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:45:49:00 / 01:47:14:00
    57/85 (49/104)

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