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New Day (1959)


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George Mackay, a miner, finishes his shift at Rothes Colliery. He puts his lamp away and goes to the showers. George and his colleagues eat in the canteen. He boards a bus and heads for Glenrothes New Town. Map of town. Shots of plans and drawings for construction. Construction site. Shots of earth mover, house-building, bricklayers, roof, painting of walls. Gardens of completed houses. George's wife and children walk to town centre. Various shots of new town buildings, churches, old folk's houses, flats and swing park. The Mackay family in the shopping centre. George alights from a bus in town centre and meets his family, buys a newspaper telling of forthcoming royal visit. Shots inside the 'Otter's Head' pub. George's wife chats over tea. Man on bowling green, families on beach, George and son at Raith Rovers football match and at home in the garden. George remembers his old home. Shots of empty tenements. Children in nursery and pupils in maths class, domestic science, technical training. Shot of industrial opportunities for youth. Girls at work on electronic components. Inside a creamery, plastics factory, paper mills. Buildings, construction site, city centre. Royal visit of Queen Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh. They meet people in town centre.