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Port Talbot's Royal Day

A colourful “tented city” is erected – despite freak rainstorms - to house a banquet fit for the Queen when she opens Port Talbot’s new harbour and Basic Oxygen steel plant.

Industry sponsored film 1970 17 mins

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The Queen visits Port Talbot, the sun shining as she unveils an international sundial and tours the new harbour where lies the ‘Westminster Bridge’, the biggest dry cargo ship (76,000 tonnes) ever to berth in Britain. After a banquet in strikingly draped marquees, she dons a hard hat to view the Basic Oxygen Steelmaking plant. The day done, an army officer puts a bundle of black umbrellas in the back of a jeep. “Good job those weren’t needed”, remarks the commentator.