The Media Archive for Central England is the public screen archive for the East and West Midlands. An independent charity and company based at the University of Lincoln, MACE acquires, catalogues, preserves and makes widely available moving image materials that inform our understanding of the diverse cultures and histories of communities between the Lincolnshire coast and the Welsh border.
This film is part of Free
Cold Railway Workers
Tough times on the tracks - the railway workers who kept the trains moving through the big freeze.
From the collection of:
January 1963 was the coldest English month of the entire twentieth century. A news item in the typical vox pop style finds Tim Downes asking a group of railway workers how they're coping. But all the interviewees are West Indian and the questions assume that they are unused to cold weather. The monosyllabic response and lack of interest in Downes' questions from one of the workers is a highlight.
This item is likely to have been filmed in the Birmingham area although the exact location has not been recorded. The opening section is silent.