The World Scout Jamboree which celebrates 50 years of scouting and the centenary of Lord Baden-Powell's birth, was opened by the Duke of Gloucester on Thursday, August 1.
Reel Two. All Nations in Arena
Reel Three. ??? Arena.
Dais - Chief Scout in Kilt (left)
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Background: The World Scout Jamboree which celebrates 50 years of scouting and the centenary of Lord Baden-Powell's birth, was opened by the Duke of Gloucester on Thursday, August 1.
More than 34,000 Scouts, Rovers, women Cubmasters and B-P Guild members from 86 countries are camping in lovely Sutton Park, Birmingham.
All of them were in the vast arena when the Duke of Gloucester gave the signal for the maroon to be fired, the flags of the nations unfurled, and declared the Jamboree open.
After arriving in a helicopter, the Duke drove to the jamboree H.Q. where he met the Chief Scout, Lord Rowallan. Also present was the Mayor of Sutton Coldfield, Mrs. K. E. Smith, and the World Chief Guide, Lady Baden-Powell - widow of the Scout leader.
Out on the saluting base, the Duke watched the representative of 86 nations march in to the arena.
Sutton Park has been transformed into a city of canvas and wood for the Jamboree which will last until August 12. On Saturday afternoon the Queen, together with the Duke of Edinburgh, will spend five hours with the campers.
By the time it is over, more than 2,000,000 meals will have been cooked on the wood fires, half a million eggs fried, half a million pints of milk poured into thousands of billy cans, and half a million tarts and cakes eaten.
One simple statistic to top the lot. All the sausages ordered for the camp on one string would stretch for 22 miles.