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    Clement Attlee lays foundation stone for Royal Festival Hall on South Bank.

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    Unissued / unused material.

    Prime Minister Clement Attlee lays foundation stone of concert hall (Royal Festival Hall?) for 1951 exhibition (Festival of Britain) on South Bank of River Thames by Charing Cross, London.

    Sound starts at 01:24:53 and is intermittent.

    Elevated shots of site of exhibition, with County Hall and Houses of Parliament in background. Various shots model of Royal Festival Hall. Various shots workmen working on building site.

    Officials place contemporary documents in lead casket marked with year, 1949. A lid is then welded onto time capsule casket. Various shots of building site showing London landmarks in background. Interior of model of concert hall showing seating accommodation. The lead casket is lowered into recess beneath foundation stone. Mr. Attlee puts cement on base for stone to be laid. Various shots foundation stone ceremony. CU foundation stone, engraved with words: "This stone was laid by the Right Honourable C. R. Attlee, Prime Minister. MS Mr. Attlee banging stone into position. MS spectators.

    LS J. W. Bowen, Chairman of the LCC (London County Council) announcing the Prime Minister. Attlee rises and makes speech, he says the concert hall will be good for South London and for showing the world "we're not just a nation of shopkeepers".

    Cuts from Gazette issue 49/83. Date on dope sheet is 17/10/1949.

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:22:29:00 / 01:28:03:00
    UN 2188 B

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