Emma’s favourite clip

Midlands News: 17.07.1957: Beryl Reid at Curzon Street Goods Yard

This is my favourite clip so far, since joining MACE in October. I especially like the banana earrings!
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The clip shows Beryl Reid opening the new banana storage areas at the British Railways Curzon Street goods yard in Birmingham. Beryl Reid arrives at the yard in a Ford Model T (promoting a Birmingham Ford dealership) and is then taken on a tour of the banana storage area.
Beryl Reid was born in Hereford. She had many film and television roles as a character actor. She reprised her Tony Award-winning performance of a lesbian soap opera star in The Killing of Sister George for the screen version and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Drama.

In both Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley’s People she is seen as Connie Sachs. For Smiley’s People she won a BAFTA for Best Actress on Television. She also wrote an autobiography, So Much Love.

Ms Reid played the part of an elderly feminist and political subversive in the 1987 television drama, The Beiderbecke Tapes.

We’d like to know more about the history of Curzon Street Goods Yard, if you know of the area please comment below.

Best wishes



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