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Where's There's Life...


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Join BBC Television cameras on a journey into 1957 with Raymond Baxter to find out what people are doing and what they are hoping on this New Year's Eve.

In Scotland
On Hogmanay they are dancing and piping in the New Year. In Dundee feet are tapping to the music of Jimmy Shand.

Via Eurovision
Over to the Continent where midnight strikes one hour ahead of us in time.

In the North Country
At Belle Vue circus folk representative of many nations celebrate after the last show of the old year.

In the West Country
Some of the many displaced of the world now have here a home of their own-good reason for dancing and singing their old songs in a new land.

In the Midlands
In the non-stop bustle of a transport cafe we meet the men who still must work to keep the wheels turning and the freight moving.

In London
From the scores of functions and the hundreds of parties, we take you to -
The Chelsea Arts Ball
The capital's largest party. The traditional carnival night of the artists' quarter, where four thousand dance to the music of Ted Heath.

A West Indian Party
Newly arrived to make a new life, West Indians get together in London for a rhythmic New Year's Eve to the beat of the Trinidad All-Stars Steel Band, the Calypso chants, and the Caribbean Music of Hugh Scotland.

In Wales
At Barry Docks the duty pilots keep their watch, and wait on call in the pilot cutter to bring in the first ships of the New Year.

At Sea
The lightships marking the Bristol Channel, linked by radio, join together in prayer.
As midnight approaches we leave the two or three gathered together to join the congregation and their vicar, the Reverend Austen Williams, at St. Martin-in-the-Fields for the Watch-Night Service.

A Happy New Year to you all

Come First Footing
In Scotland
...where they are singing and dancing in The New Year.


Presenter: Raymond Baxter
Accordionist (In Scotland): Jimmy Shand
Musician (In London: The Chelsea Arts Ball): Ted Heath
Musicians (In London: A West Indian Party): The Trinidad All-Stars Steel Band
Musician (In London: A West Indian Party): Hugh Scotland
Service conductor (Watch-Night Service): The Reverend Austen Williams

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Where's There's Life...

BBC Television, 31 December 1956 22.45

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