Building of Kennedy's Bakery Extension

Details

Location

Beechmount, Belfast

Year

1955

Source

National Museums Northern Ireland

Format

8mm

colour

Length

06min 34sec

Silent

silent

Courtesy

Father Hugh Kennedy, National Museums Northern Ireland

Rights Holder

Father Hugh Kennedy

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Description

Amateur footage of Belfast's iconic Bakery.

Witness a pivotal moment as bread vans begin to take over from horses in the battle to deliver Belfast’s bread. A busy construction site symbolises a new era for Kennedy’s bakery, that of the bread van. Up until World War II Belfast’s bread was delivered by horses who lived in stables behind the Bakery. Scaffolding and brick walls fly up as the builders quickly assemble a garage to house the new motor bread vans that will ultimately replace their animal colleagues. Curious bakers dressed in white come out to investigate the builders’ progress.

This film was digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage.


 

Notes

Keen amateur filmmaker Hugh P. Kennedy took this footage of his father J. B. Kennedy’s Bakery. The new extension was opened on the feast of St Joseph The Worker (May 1st) with a celebratory Mass for all the workers and their spouses.  

Digitised as part of the BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage Project  

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