Dancing in the streets as Dublin's Grafton Street officially becomes a pedestrian only zone.

An estimated 40,000 pedestrians use Grafton Street every day and Dubliners turned out in force to celebrate the official handing over of the popular thoroughfare to the people. 

The choir from Loreto College, St Stephen's Green and the Garda Band led festivities and at 11 am, the street was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Dan Brown. Grafton Street is now the third part of Dublin to be pedestrianised, alongside Henry Street and North Earl Street.

Grafton Street was first closed to traffic in 1972, but it had to reopen due to road-works in adjoining streets. This time around, the experiment is planned to last a year with reversed traffic flows in Kildare Street and Dawson Street.  

However Grafton Street will be a pedestrian zone only between the hours of 11 am and 6.30 pm. Therefore Dublin Corporation is warning motorists to take care, as there is likely to be confusion in the area until they become accustomed to the new traffic arrangements.

If the Grafton Street experiment works, Dublin Corporation plans to extend the pedestrian zones across the city, linking both sides of the River Liffey.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 1 December 1982. The reporter is Kieron Wood.