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SOURCE: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

 

Script for Newtownards – Town Without Strife

 

NEWTOWNARDS

SHOT

VISUAL

FT

COMMENTARY

       

1.

Pan across hills to GV town

11

This is Newtownards, Northern Ireland. Although Newtownards has a past which stretches back into centuries of turbulent Irish history today it is an Ulster town virtually without violence.

       

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3.

LS main road

People walking in street (2 shots)

13

17½

Only ten miles from Belfast city centre many of the population commute to work in that troubled city. But Newtownards has a thriving industry of its own.

       

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GV Ext factory

MS & CU Girl working in factory

Girls working (2 shots)

20


Berkshire, a subsidiary of a big American corporation, came here 25 years ago because of the local tradition of hosiery making. Since then they have multiplied production several times over. Today ten percent of the total population of Newtownards work here.

       

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8.

CU Socks Pull back

Pan across factory

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42

Blacks of Newtownards are a smaller concern but a high proportion of the stockings are exported – Blacks football socks have been cheered all over the world.

       

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10.

GV Inside greenhouse

Tracking shot of roses

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47

The most peaceful of all industries is Dicksons – the world famous rose growers who are a typical Ulster family firm.

       

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12.

CU Eurorose PB to LS
Town Hall

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59

And this is the “Eurorose” – specially bred to mark the United Kingdom’s entry into Europe.

       

13.

CU Chain of office

61½

But the flourishing state of its industry is only part of the reason why Newtownards is a peaceful town.

       

14.

MS Mayor (SYNC)

75

We asked Mayor Jack Beckett for his views.

       

15.

MS Traffic & people

84

In the shops of Newtownards business is booming and shoppers come in their thousands from Belfast as well.

       

16.

CU “No Parking” signs

86

Even here the safety restrictions common to all Ulster towns operate but to housewives this is a small price to pay for the luxury of shopping in peace and comfort.

       
       

 

 

 

 

       

17.

MS church tower Pull back to clergy

98

But good relations in the town are above all the result of a sustained effort to weld the communities together. The senior clergy are four of the key men of the town. From their meetings as Chaplains to the local hospital grew the Social Amenities Committee – a co-ordinating body drawing together all the activities for peace and social improvement in Newtownards.

       

18.

MCU Chisholm

109

 
       

19.

GV Newtownards

116½

 
       

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MS Chisholm

130

SYNC SOUND THROUGHOUT

       

21.

MS Father Murphy

132½

 
       

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MS Chisholm

140½

 
       

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24.

MS Children out of school

MS Children at pool (4 shots)

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151

The key to the future is as always the children. Regardless of religious upbringing, at this school they learn together and play together.

       

25.

Disco Sequence

162

The teenagers are often the source of the worst trouble in Ulster but here its swinging and not stone throwing that occupies their energy.

       

26.

Landscape & town shot

176

Even in peaceful Newtownards there have been some incidents but the response as Father Murphy tells us was rather different from what the perpetrator expected.

       

27.

Father Murphy (SYNC)

196½

SOF

       

28.

MS Chisholm

213

SOF

       

29.

Landscape

223

When the constitutional proposals and aspirations of the British Government’s White Paper are translated into reality Newtownards could be a blueprint for all of Northern Ireland.

       
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