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Ingot Pictorial No. 23

You can experience the Orb Works Carnival and watch a ship being built in Newport, and you can laugh as Jon Pertwee takes to the catwalk years before he travelled in the Tardis.

Promotional 1955 23 mins

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It’s a fun day in Newport when the Orb Works carnival takes place. And another big event in the town is the launch of the ‘Baie Comeau’ by Lady Lennox-Boyd at the Atlantic Shipbuilding Company. Over at the Trostre Works, Jim Griffiths, Llanelli’s long-serving MP, opens a pumphouse. And last but not least, Naunton Wayne comperes a humorous fashion show. Watch out for Jon Pertwee on the catwalk showing what steelworkers might wear when dining, relaxing and playing sport.

The Ingot Pictorials were a series of screen reviews first produced by Technical and Scientific Films, and then Verity films for Richard Thomas and Baldwins Group (RTB). RTB intended the series to instil a sense of pride in the company. Each year 4 editions were produced on a quarterly basis and distributed to schools and leisure groups. They were shown to steel workers during their lunch hours and at local cinemas so their families could view them too. RTB claimed that each issue was shown to 25, 000 workers in the 30 plants from Lancashire to south Wales.