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BBC North West Regional Documentaries: Record Detail

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Accession Number

B628

Series Title

[POWER TO THE LAKES]

Programme Title

LET THERE BE LIGHT

Producer

Peggy Walker

Other Credits

Editor: Richard Burrell-Davies

Transmission Date

10/06/77

 

colour , sound (sep), 27 mins 36 secs

Synopsis

Incomplete programme about the introduction of electricity to the remote valley of Wasdale Head in Cumbria. A brief history of Wasdale is given, describing it as the birthplace of rock climbing in the 1880s. The narrator describes the conflict surrounding the decision to bring electricity to the valley and there are shots of Norweb workers laying cables. Fell running champion and Wasdale sheep farmer Joss Naylor and his wife Mary and Joss' brother Scott Naylor and his wife Cathy speak about the problems they face relying on generators and their support for the introduction of electricity. Wasdale Head Hall farmer Gawain Graves gives his reasons for opposing the scheme. There are also interviews with Norweb's Stanley Baxter, National Trust Warden Terry Thorpe who runs Wasdale Head camp site, National Trust Assistant Agent Patrick Watson and Wastwater Hotel Manager Joe Aitchie. Ends with aerial shots of Wasdale and Wastwater.

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