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"The Bridge" - Lost History Shown On The 60th Tragic Anniversary with George Orr

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On June 17, 1958, the Second Narrows Bridge being built over Burrard Inlet collapsed. Nineteen men died. It has remained Vancouver's worst industrial accident. Sixty years later, all that remains are a few old faded photos and a sign declaring the bridge as "The Ironworkers Memorial".

It turns out a young draftsman had filmed the entire project being constructed. He arrived five minutes late to the site on the day of the tragedy. Had he arrived on time, he would have died. Peter Hall's 3000 feet of 16mm colour film was put away the day after the bridge was officially opened and had never been seen. Until now.

"The Bridge" takes Peter's fascinating footage and tells the story of the men whose lives were irrevocably changed that day. It provides a unique look back into a major formative event in Vancouver's history. "The Bridge" is a collaboration between Peter Hall and award-winning documentary producer George Orr. The film will debut in Vancouver on the 60th anniversary of that terrible day. A truly lost treasure of history has been discovered and brought to the public to inform modern-day Vancouver and provide a lasting memorial to the nineteen who lost their lives. George returns to The View Up Here to discuss the project and how once discovered, he could not deny telling this story.

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