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  • Edinburgh
  • West Lothian


  • Construction and engineering
  • Employment, industry and industrial relations
  • Home life
  • Housing and living conditions
  • Tourism and travel
  • Transport
  • Water and waterways


  • Documentary
  • Promotional
  • Sponsored


  • Films of Scotland Committee
  • IFA Scotland
  • McConnell, Edward ‘Eddie’
  • Ogam Films / Oscar Marzaroli


  • 1960s

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Reference number: 2205

Date: 1966

Director: d. Laurence Henson

Sponsor: Films of Scotland and West Lothian County Council

Production company: IFA (Scotland)

Sound: sound

Original format: 35mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 20.00 mins

Description: The towns, industries and places of interest in the county of West Lothian.

Paper archive file held at National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive.

Credits: ph. Edward McConnell, Oscar Marzaroli, Brian Roy
ed. Brigit Barry
p.a. William Forsyth, Cyril Sinclair
m. comp. Clair Liddell
m. cond. Marcus Dods
comm. w. Michael Grieve
comm. s. Brydon Murdoch
outline treatment by Joanne McNeil

Shotlist: [No opening credits] Pan across landscape from Cairnpapple Hill (.30) Gvs landscapes in West Lothian. Long shots Forth road bridge (1.24) Medium shot Forth road bridge [title briefly superimposed] pans to traffic entering and leaving bridge (1.36) Street scene in South Queensferry (1.40) Street scene, possibly Bathgate (1.51) Landscape with train in foreground passing Linlithgow (1.55) Street scenes, possibly in Linlithgow (2.19) Panning shot hilly landscape (2.39) Gvs combine harvester operating in field (3.08) Gvs landscape. Long shot Linlithgow Palace (3.38) Gvs interior palace (4.37) Tracking long shot of trucks moving on railway line (4.55) Gvs men working in fire clay mine (5.35) Gvs interior factory, fire clay being processed (6.51) Gvs colliery (7.21) Various shots of coal bings (7.42) Bulldozers digging into bings (8.01) Tracking shot of road under construction (8.10) Willie Ross, Secretary of State for Scotland, arrives at new school (8.20) New housing scheme, possibly in Livingston (8.42) Gravel removed from bings by bulldozers and lorries (9.01) Coal bings in agricultural land (9.19) Shot of tree-lined avenue, pans to Hopetoun House (9.46) Gvs exterior Hopetoun House (10.31) Young children boarding bus (10.41) Young children in primary school classroom playing with blocks (11.20) Gvs pupils moving about in corridors of secondary school (11.53) Gvs yachting enthusiasts with their boats on water and by the side of a river (12.27) Girls playing netball (12.39) Close-up draughtsmen working at their boards (13.06) Gvs engineering factory (14.31) Gvs new trucks at factory (14.35) New car is transported through countryside by rail (14.58) Lorry passes along street. Plane lands at airport (15.07) View from Forth rail bridge looking across to Forth road bridge (15.15) View from Forth road bridge looking across to Forth rail bridge (15.23) Close-up pan of shipwreck, the "Acquisition" (15.53) View from vessel about to pass under Forth road bridge with rail bridge in the background (16.06) Gvs rural roads (16.25) Close-up of water in Grand Union Canal (16.49) Overhead shot of train passing over Forth rail bridge (17.00) Gvs trains, one stops at Linlithgow station (17.26) Scene on platform of Linlithgow station and passengers alighting from train (17.29) Gvs vehicles on M8 motorway (18.00) Large crowds leaving place of work. Interior of colliery as miners come off shift. Large group of children approach school (18.24) Gvs motorway panning to cows grazing in field (18.38) End credits (19.17).