OPENING OF THE CLYDE TUNNEL

Scenes around the Clyde Tunnel at its opening in 1963, showing safety and security measures in place such as CCTV cameras and height restrictions. (clip - full length available onsite)

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Places:

  • Glasgow

Subjects:

  • Transport

Genres:

  • Television documentary

Decade:

  • 1960s

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Title: OPENING OF THE CLYDE TUNNEL

Reference number: T1761

Date: 1963, July 3

Production company: Scottish Television

Sound: sound and mute

Original format: 16mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 18.38 mins

Description: Report on the opening of the Clyde Tunnel by the Queen on the 3rd of July 1963 with shots of the tunnel in construction.

Note: The first completed tunnel tube, for northbound traffic, was eventually opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 3 July 1963, with the southbound tunnel opening in March 1964.

See also ref T0838

Shotlist: [mute] Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh with Peter Meldrum, the Lord Provost and others in a control room (0.09) the sign "The Clyde Tunnel opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 3rd July 1963" unveiled (0.12) shot of Queen leaving Cathedral (0.26) countdown leader (0.30) shots of the inside of an engineering works (0.56) countdown leader (1.01) shots of a pavilion being erected in the rain in the grounds of a stately home with a sign showing "Dundee Repertory Theatre" (1.25) countdown leader (1.31) tracking shot from a car of the inside of the tunnel - still in construction (3.06) [sound] crowds cheer the arrival of the Queen at the opening of the tunnel; ls to c/u the Queen stands on podium and gives speech intercut with spectators (6.53) i/v Peter Meldrum (8.02) [mute] brief shot of a boat (8.08) shots of crane dumping soil moving onto shots of the tunnel in construction with shots of construction in snowy conditions, int shots and ext shots (9.28) interview with engineer standing beside photographs showing the tunnel in construction [reporter obscures photographs, standing in front of them]; c/u engineer (12.43) [mute] tracking shot of tunnel from car (12.52) panning shot of the street above the tunnel moving onto shot of the entrance of the tunnel with a c/u of the control tower (13.33) shot of the int of the tower with man sitting at control panel speaking into a telephone; "Clyde tunnel" car; man at control panel; c/u CCTV camera; ints man using CCTV controls to move the camera, a small screen showing the image (14.50) shot of traffic lights system just before the entrance of the tunnel; c/u "Vehicle too high use escape lane" sign lights up; shots of a car entering the tunnel (15.40) shots of int stairway (15.54) single shot of the entrance of the tunnel (16.04) [sound] talking head; tunnel official, who mentions that the pedestrian tunnel has had to be closed because of vandalism and the possibility of a toll (17.42) [mute] tracking shot of car entering tunnel (17.55) leader (18.03) tracking shot in the tunnel (18.11) [sound] shots of Queen and Duke leaving the opening ceremony (18.27) [mute] tracking shot in the tunnel (18.38).