The International Olympic Committee unveils roll of honour tablets of Olympic Champions.
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Unveiling Olympic Roll of Honour. Wembley Stadium, London.
LS of dais with audience seated round it with Lord Aberdare speaking :- (natural sound) 'Your Excellency, My Lord Mayor, My Lords, ladies and gentlemen, I am deeply sensible of the honour that has been paid me of being asked to speak, even for five minutes at this ceremony of the unveiling of the roll of honour of Olympic Champions here in the Empire Stadium of Wembley MS. Lord Aberdare speaking: ....will ever remind people of the historic and most important event for the Olympic Games and for the world. For the Olympic Games because it proved the vitality and so successfully ensured the continuity of the games for the world because it proved the lasting value of getting people of different countries to most and to know and understand each other CU. I have great pleasure to introduce the one who has been so rightly called on to unveil the roll of honour, When a young man, he was diffident about leading the British Olympic Association but after retiring from active athletes in which he was for long a great Olympic Champion and the greatest hurdler in the world, he became its Chairman. From this position and with his many athletic distinction he was obviously a marked man for the position of Chairman of the organising committee of the 14th Olympiad.' (Comb. Orig. Neg.)
MS Lord Burghley rising to speak. He speaks (natural sound). "Lord Aberdare, Your Excellency, Mr. Lord Mayor, My Lords Ladies and Gentlemen, I am here today masquerading, because this ceremony as you know should have been carried out by the Foreign Secretary, Ernest Bevin....in sheep's clothing perhaps I should say Lamb in Lion's clothing, though I must say, my less friendly friends might complain about the roughness of mutton. Well now, may I too say one word on rather a sad subject, and that' is, there should have been another with us today, one who played a great part in making the games the success that they were and that our Pres. of the Games Lord Portal and we mourn the fact that he's not with us. Here again, I would say, how delighted we all are to have Lady Portal with us on this occasion. CU the 6,000 chosen representatives of those 59 nations streamed into the Olympic villages, tens of thousands of spectators that come from every corner of the earth too, and then, on that never to be forgotten day, that supreme moment in the sporting history of this country, that Thursday afternoon when the Olympic Games were declared open. Anybody who was present will never forget that great column of competitors streaming in the Arena to the deafening applause of a capacity crowd. They will never forget the intense silence when the King declared the Games open, the deafening applause afterwards, the dramatic moment when the torch arrived, having been lit from hand to hand, from torch to torch, right the way through from ancient Olympia in Greece. MS the pages of the Olympiad of those Olympic Games, of that book, have been turned. We are now at the last page and the book is now going to be closed. This was Wembley's finest hour. Many great occasions have been witnesses here on this ground, but none I believe of the same deep and significant importance as those two and a half weeks during the Olympic Games. MS. .... pleasure in unveiling these immortal scrolls.' LS. Lord Burghley turn walks to back of platform, says I now unveil the rolls of honour' and pulls cord revealing rolls. Trumpeters sound Fanfare.
CU pan down one of the rolls of honour. Pan down the other roll of honour. C/U Olympic flag flying. CU roll of honour.