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Let Glasgow Flourish (1952)


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Clyde estuary looking South. Vessels in Clyde, shot of shipyard gantries. Title and rolling caption concerning the fight to stop the sale of Council houses at Merrylee in Glasgow in 1952. Interior of tenement flat in Maryhill as family eat meal, workforce entering John Brown's shipyard, Clydebank, a construction site and labourers during lunch break. Suspension bridge over Clyde, Gorbals Street and Warwick Street. Children playing in streets and back courts and in Old Gorbals graveyard. Dramatised accident as girl is knocked down by car, carried back into house and the doctor arrives and examines the child. Woman lays flowers on her grave in Caledonia Street cemetery. Tram in collision with motorcycle in Great Western Road. Scenes of rescue services intercut with shots of two women standing talking outside a grocer's shop window. Glasgow's West End. Kelvingrove swingpark, back courts in Gorbals, squatters' huts at Toryglen being used as temporary housing. Woman draws water from tap in street outside. Candlelit interior of prefab. Strike meeting over the sale of Merrylee housing and protest march in George Square. Shots of Merrylee housing. Local elections. Man chalking slogans on pavement and staged sequence of protesters leafletting voters at ballot station, ballot box, election results. Shots of march for 'more new houses' and shots of new Council houses, prefabs.