Pathe news investigates the problem of Britain's polluted rivers.
Second title reads "Britain's finest streams are little better than open sewers. To fight river pollution - Action Now!" CU. River Avon, pan up showing the river and Stratford on Avon. LV. Men fishing in river. SV. Back view, man throwing line into river and fishing. SV. Fisherman holding rod. LV. Another man squatting on bank of river fishing. CU. Fisherman. SV. Pathe reporter Bill Symon comes into picture and asks question (natural sound): "Catching any?" Man replies: "No, none at all. Years ago this brook was absolutely alive with fish but now owing to this pollution there is practically none at all". CU. Fish floating on water (dubbed scene).
GV. River Sherbourne at Coventry showing discarded tin cans and other junk in the river. CU. Pan junk in the river. LV. From under bridge, river Sherbourne showing polluted water being discharged from pipes into river. SCU. Polluted water coming out of pipe into river.
GV. Exterior of the Effluent Plant at British Diesel Works, Bolsover, & AS. SV. Interior, Effluent Purifying Plant, & AS.
GV. River Irwell at Salford, showing mass of detergent in the river. LV. Mass of detergent floating down the river. CU. Detergent on water. SV. Pan up mass of detergent floating down river. SV. Factory discharging water from pipe into the River Irwell. LV. Filth and muck floating on the river Irwell in the centre of Manchester. CU. Pan, showing filth and muck on water.
GV. Looking through bridge across the river Wye at Chatsworth House. AS. Bill Symon talking to the Duke of Devonshire on the bridge.
SV. Back view, Bill Symon and the Duke of Devonshire looking over bridge, they start to turn towards camera and Symon asks question (natural sound): "It's a lovely piece of water Sir, have you any fish in it?". The Duke replies: "Yes, the fishing is quite good and is becoming increasingly popular". SV. The Duke speaking: "Of course, one must realise that so many rivers are being spoilt by pollution and water extraction". CU. Duke speaking: "Our association cannot fight this modern scourge entirely on its own - the problem goes far wider than the question of fishing and amenities on the banks, there is the problem of the health of our people".
GV. London and the river Thames. GV. Pan, the river Wandle as it enters the Thames at Wandsworth. GV. River Wandle entering the Thames. GV. Thames and Tower Bridge. CU. Mass of pieces of wood and other muck floating on the Thames.
GV. Pictorial shots of the river Avon and Stratford. LV. Pictorial shot of a river. SV. Colin Farman squatting down on river bank fishing. Bill Symon comes into picture, sits alongside and asks question (natural sound): "Caught anything?". Colin replies: "Nay, there's nowt here lad". Symon saying: "Then why are you fishing?" Colin replies: "Well now suppose I stay at home, have to do gardening, look at TV and listen to the misses. Hell of a life". Bill Symon points and says: "Now, just look at this then".
LV. Two men fishing for salmon in a boat on river. CU. Fishermen in boat winding in line. CU. Salmon trying to escape from line on surface of water. Background voice: "Ee, that's somut like fishing". SV. The two fishermen in boat pulling in large salmon. Background voice: "It is, and but for river pollution our streams could be just as good". CU. Colin Farman looking across river.
SV. Fisherman in boat manhandling the salmon after he had caught it. LV. The other fisherman stands up in boat and throws salmon back into the river. CU. Colin looking across river, he turns to interviewer and says: "I can hardly believe it".
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