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Summary: Explanation of a plan for a large-scale mobile canteen service, to be rushed at need to blitzed areas all over Britain.
Description: The vans are gifts from the USA and the Queen, hence the service's name. Opening shots set scene in a pub during 'alert' - Queen's Messenger Service receives call - staff assigned to different vehicles (stores, kitchens, canteens and water-tanker:- each 'Flying Squad' has 8 vehicles, and a total of 18 squads is planned) - the convoy on the road - arrival at bombed-out town, and establishment of a central base where cooking is done: canteen vans take out soup, sandwiches and tea to outlying areas - scenes of distressed inhabitants of bombed street cheered by arrival of a canteen.
Production Details: Ministry of Food (Production sponsor)
Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Strand ('a Jay Lewis Production') (Production company)
Lewis, Jay Gardner (Production individual)
Wright, Basil19071987 (Production individual)
Gibbs, G E (Production individual)
Jago, Jo (Production individual)
Gordon, Michael (Production individual)
Rhind, Al (Production individual)
Allen, Frederick (Production cast)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Queen's Messenger Service (regiment/service)
Keywords: society, British - charity: Queen's Messenger Service (object name)
society, British - sustenance (object name)
transport, British civilian - truck, special: mobile canteen (object name)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 604 ft; Running time: 7 mins
Notes: Remarks: unintentionally amusing - the accents and the situation verge on the caricature.