Behind the scenes


Pathe news reel: how things used to be done!

A bit of fun and a fantastic window into the past here thanks to this Pathe news reel. I love the voice over and most of us can only dream of the motorway being so free of traffic! The technology, hairstyles and brown overcoats may have changed, as you can see from this film showing our modern techniques and taking us behind the scenes, but the passion, dedication and attention to detail are still here.

Just a note on accuracy though, I’m reliably informed that the film probably isn’t actually from 1953 since the first motorway in this country, the Preston by-pass, wasn’t opened until December 1958 and tellurometer didn’t come into use until 1957.