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  • Short Summary

    Lady Hoare, wife of the Minister for Air, opens London's new Aerodrome (London Airport at Croydon).

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    Full titles read: "World's Finest Airport - Lady M. Hoare, wife of the Minister for Air, opens London's magnificent new Aerodrome."

    Croydon, London.

    High angle L/S of a crowd of people gathered around the entrance of the new building at Croydon / London Airport. A man standing in front of the doorway with some others is making a speech; Lady Hoare stands beside him. M/S of Lady Hoare pulling a cord so a curtain falls, revealing a plaque on the side of the doorway; she then opens the door and she and the group go inside.

    L/S of the group walking around the terrace that runs around the top of the control tower; several more people are seen climbing up the stair to it. Aerial shot of the airport and a small group of houses nearby.

    The group wander about the airport grounds and look at planes stationed there.

    Note: Minister for Air was Sir Samuel Hoare.

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:42:34:00 / 01:44:38:00
    G 1500

Comments (2)

  1. Unknown user says

    The unveiling ceremony seen here took place on 2 May 1928.

    The man left of picture at 00:26 is Sir Samuel Hoare, (information which could dispense with the final paragraph).

    The man helping Lady Hoare open the door at 00:55 is Mr F. G. L. Bertram, the then Deputy Director of Civil Aviation at the Air Ministry.

    Just visible at 00:56 is Lord Thomson, Air Minister in the Labour Government.

    Attached here is a magazine article from the era reporting on the event....
    e/view/1928/1928 - 0353.html

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  2. Unknown user says

    A close-up photo of the plaque and of its inscription can be found here......

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