Film ID:
YFA 3640



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This film documents the opening of Clifton Bridge in 1963. A temporary bridge at Clifton was built by the British Army in 1961, on the site of an old ferry crossing, in order to handle additional vehicle traffic caused by the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Kent at York Minster. A permanent bridge was opened officially on 28 October 1963. The bridge is built from 4,000 tons of concrete and 50 tons of reinforced steel.

The film opens as the crowd waits behind the roped off part of the bridge. The new bridge extends across the Ouse and has new lampposts along its sides. The Lord Mayor walks to the edge of the bridge to cut the ribbon officially opening the bridge. Two cars are the first to drive across, one with an English flag attached, followed by three buses. On the bridge itself, two men can be seen on the side, one still photographer and the cameraman responsible for shooting a film of the same event held in the May Webb collection (YFA film number 2816). Groups of children run across the bridge and are followed by large crowds who make their way across either on foot by bicycle as the ceremony comes to a close.