Film ID:
YFA 594



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This film documents the building of the Humber Bridge from its beginnings and through various stages of construction. The film includes the opening ceremonies and the disaster that befell construction in March, 1980.

Title: The Building Of The Humber Bridge
Credits: Photography . . . Alan Tempest
Story . . A R Tempest
Graphics . . "Big Al" Tempest
Stunt arranger . . . "L12"
Director/Producer . . . YOU KNOW WHO

The film begins showing a large picture of the future bridge with details of its dimensions. On the first section of the bridge that has already been built, stone is being poured onto the ground from a conveyer belt. In a large hole in the ground workmen are laying the foundations with steel grids. Next the supporting towers are built with large cranes, some out on the Humber, and at various stages of their construction. There is a sign for Contract 2 Substructure. The first tower, in completion, is seen across the Humber. Coming closer cranes can be seen perched on top of the tower. The foundations for the cables of one of the towers are nearly complete, and an elderly lady is in conversation with a man in front of a pink house. The south tower can be seen from the A63 where a Ford Capri is parked with a family inside looking at the camera. The road network around the bridge is seen under construction.

Both towers are now up and the cables linking the towers are in place. More of the road network is shown. Part of the roadway is seen being lifted into place. The cabling and a section of the roadway are seen close up. Some people have a look at the bridge from a telescope on the side of the Humber. People and cars get on the ferry, and the film follows the journey across the Humber. On the other side people wait outside the offices of the Sealink Humber Ferry Services.

More of the bridge under construction can be seen from the A63. Workmen are on a large section of roadway is hanging from the cables in the middle of the Humber. An article on a disaster on the construction of the bridge, from the local Evening Post newspaper, Saturday 22 March 1980, is shown. It states that two of the 140 ton sections become suspended awkwardly in mid-air after a heavy gantry crashed on them. The bridge is shown again with much of the roadway across it in place, with the middle section missing. The lift is seen going up the side of one of the towers with a workman in it. The results of the accident are shown, including broken cables, gantry, and a crane on its side. A crowd stands watching. A sign warns that the road is closed to the public.

Returning to the bridge, the roadway across it is almost complete. The steel cables and their securing are shown in close up. The railway line running alongside the Humber can be seen from on top of the bridge. Workmen make repairs to the damaged section of bridge. The film gives a tour of the working site. A man holds a sign up for the camera stating, 'It's Open, June 24 1981'. Traffic can be seen going over the bridge, and the film takes a journey by car across the bridge starting on the south side, slowing down to queue when it reaches the toll. Briefly the film goes back to the ferry, Lincoln Castle, before we see the Humber Bridge lit up at night time and the film comes to an end.