Grape farmers meet VIPs from U.K. Dr Donges addresses them. Boxes of grapes as presents.
Worcester & Hex River Valley.
View on the famous De Toits Pass showing cars carrying the British Minister of State's party through the pass with mountain in background, on their way to Worcester and the Herx River Valley. At Worcester the party call at the School for Blind Children where there is a Guard of Honour consisting of blind pupils. The British Minister of State Mr. Derek Walker-Smith receives envelope containing greetings from the blind children of South Africa to those of Britain. Mr. Walker-Smith with envelope in hand is addressing the children. Pan showing types of children assembled. BCU. One or two of the children. Another shot of Minister speaking. CU. Taken under grape vine of Mr. C. Heatleis owner of grape farm at Hex River Valley. In this shot may be seen the British Minister with Dr. Eben Donges South African Minister of Interior and Sir Graham Haymann (immediate past President of the Federation of British Industries) with bunches of grapes in hand and tasting them with relish. View of grape vine with many fine bunches of grapes. Some of the party of farmers walking through the vineyard. Scene at the farm homestead where is assembled a representative gathering of grape farmers from the district to meet the distinguished visitors from the U.K. Dr. Donges is seen giving his address of welcome. (also Closer View). The British Minister of State Mr.Walker-Smith delivering his speech in reply. Slightly longer shot with pan showing some of the assembly. View from rear of speaker showing other members of the assembly and mountain background with upward pan. Side view of assembly - Walker-Smith speaking. Little boys representing five generations of the Heathlei family (owners of the farm Orange Grove) carrying 20 lbs. of boxes of grapes for presentation. The first is for The Queen, the second for the Prime Minister and the third for Sir David Eccles (Pres. of Board of Trade). Other boxes were for Mr.Walker-Smith, Sir Graham Haymann, and Mr. Parker (the organiser). MCU. Box of grapes at feet of Sir Graham Haymann with upward pan to Sir Graham. BCU. of label addressed to Queen in gold lettering. MCU. The little boys lined up with boxes of grapes. MCU. Box showing label addressed to the British Prime Minister, upward pan to face of boy holding the box. BCU. Box showing label addressed to the President of the Board of Trade, pan to face of boy holding box. Front view of farm 'Orange Grove' where the function took place. Several view of Hex River Valley one of the richest and most beautiful grape growing areas in the world (weather and light not favourable) The Hex River Valley exports to Britain each year half a million pounds worth of grapes. The only grapes available at this time of year in Britain are from South Africa.