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A snapshot of life in the Outer Hebrides, The Western Isles shows the traditional manufacture of Harris Tweed and the dramatic homecoming of shipwrecked sailors.
The story of Harris Tweed during the war
'Off the Atlantic coast of Scotland lie the Outer Hebrides. The film records the courage and endurance of the islanders. For centuries these fishermen, farmers and weavers of Harris Tweed have fought Atlantic gales. The return of survivors from a torpedoed ship is shown.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1942-43)
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