Looking tanned and fit, marching in their best parade ground style, two British servicemen, June 17, entered the Lincoln Tunnel, which carries traffic under the Hudson River from New Jersey to New York.
GV Traffic enters New Jersey, end on Lincoln Tunnel
GV Policeman regulates traffic in Tunnel.
SV Sergeant stride along Tunnel, one shakes policeman's hand
MV Sergeants move along with pressmen
GV Crowd passes camera
GV People applaud PAN to back V..Sergeants leave Tunnel
CV Sergeants move along, pressman talks to one
SV Segt. Rogers follows in truck
TRAVEL SHOT..People on pavement
CV Sergeants, tilt to feet
MV Sergeants move along, one waves
MV Camera car, PAN to Sergeants
LV Madison Square Gardens, PAN to Sergeants with press
SV Sergeants move along
GV EXT..Coliseum, PAN to Sergeants arriving
GV Crowd enters building
LV Sergeants with Maj-Gen. Carter - salute
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Background: Looking tanned and fit, marching in their best parade ground style, two British servicemen, June 17, entered the Lincoln Tunnel, which carries traffic under the Hudson River from New Jersey to New York. Flight-Sergeant Patrick Maloney, a parachute jump instructor, and Staff-Sergeant Mervyn Evans, were near the end of their long trek from San Francisco to New York.
Preceded by a police car and followed by crowds of pressmen, the two soldiers strode down busy Eight Avenue towards the British Exhibition. Police blocked the heavy road traffic so they could continue the last few miles of a 3,031-mile hike without any delay. When they marched into the Exhibition their time for the distance was 66 days 4 hours and 17 minutes. This undercut the existing record - established 34-years ago - by 13 days.
Waiting to greet the two men and Sergeant Roy Rogers - who drove the Landrover in which the marchers slept and kept their equipment - was the Chairman of the British Exhibition, William Hunter McFadazean, and the British Military Attache in the United States, Major-General J.N. Carter.
After talking to pressmen and posing for photographs, the two marathon walkers were led to the "Red Lion Inn" on the fourth floor and were soon toasting each other in beer. Summing up, Sergeant Evans said: "It was a gruelling test of endurance. I would not do it again for GBP1 a mile" Sergeants Evans and Maloney will make a personal appearance at the British Military Tournament and Tattoo, in New York.