Building of the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge (Belfast)

Building of the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge (Belfast)

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Location

Belfast, Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, River Lagan

Year

1966

Source

Digitised as part of the UTV Archive Partnership Project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI)

Format

16mm transfer to video

black and white

Length

06min 16sec

Silent

sound

Courtesy

Department for Communities, ITV, PRONI, UTV Archive

Rights Holder

ITV

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Description

The Queen Elizabeth II Bridge is one of eight bridges over the river Lagan.

This footage shows the construction of the bridge and features good aerial shots of the city. From 05'08", interviews with the workmen, who are asked what they think the bridge should be called.

Within Belfast City Council, the naming of the bridge had been the subject of some controversy, with members of the council originally proposing it be called "Carson's Bridge".

It was opened by its eventual namesake, Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Philip in 1966. During the visit a brick was dropped from a high building onto the bonnet of the Royal car, whilst a bottle was thrown at the car, in Royal Avenue, by a woman onlooker 

Credits

Digitised as part of the UTV Archive Partnership Project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI) 

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