In 1908, following the shock eruption of Mount Vesuvius, London had to host the summer Olympics. British Pathe observed from the sidelines, cameras rolling. Here are 15 still images from what is now considered to be the first of the modern Olympic Games.
Some things never change, and the London Olympics in 1908 was a bit of a damp affair. Demand to watch the events wasn't that high to see what was effectively a mad revival of an ancient Greek idea pedalled by eccentric enthusiasts, and so White City Stadium was quite empty for a lot of the games.
The event taking place here is Tug-of-War, no longer an Olympics event, but still a popular contest at the Highland Games.