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Reference number: 3358

Date: 1917, September

Sound: silent

Original format: 35mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 3.27 mins

Description: Visit to Clydeside by King George V between September 17th and 20th, 1917. A shipyard in Port Glasgow and Colville's steel works in Motherwell are on his ports of call.

During this visit the King presented the first ever British Empire Orders to Glasgow veterans.It is thought that the visit was part of a plan to increase patriotic feelings amongst the people of Clydeside due to growing Communist sympathies. The King visited many of the shipbuilding and steel and iron works on the Clyde as well as travelling around the city to see local people. From (0.43 - 1.12) King in naval uniform, rest of film in army uniform. A full report on the itinerary of the King can be found in the Glasgow Herald for that week, see press cutting

Shorter version of similar footage preserved in IWM Film And Video Archive

Shotlist: [From researchers notes]

credits (0.5) King George V and party on visit to David Colville and Sons, Motherwell (0.13) crowds line street and a chimney seen at end of road [unidentified] (0.32) King meets a wounded soldier (0.35) King talking to workers (0.40) King walking in front of women workers [probably Lanarkshire Steel works in Motherwell] (0.43) King is then seen leaving the company. King is then pictured in his naval uniform walking past male workers (1.05) King then walks past a group of male and female workers, still wearing navy uniform (1.12) shots of women cheering (1.21) King then seen shaking hands with older man, navy officer and army officer in b/g (1.27) King in Lanarkshire Steel works talking to a man wearing a medal (1.35) King leaving Lanarkshire Steel works (1.42) shots of King in steel works (2.05) women cheer (2.11) King viewing steel works (2.35)