• Short Summary

    THE ROYAL TOURNAMENT BEGINS AT OLYMPIA ON JULY 5... BUT ALREADY AT DEVENPORT BASE AT?

  • Description

    THE ROYAL TOURNAMENT BEGINS AT OLYMPIA ON JULY 5... BUT ALREADY AT DEVENPORT BASE AT PORTSMOUTH, U.K., GUN CREW TEAMS HAVE BEGUN TRAINING FOR THE ANNUAL COMPETITION BETWEEN THE NAVAL BASES OF PORTSMOUTH AND DEVENPORT, AND THE FLEET AIR ARM.

    THE COMPETITION HAS BEEN HELD ANNUALLY FOR MORE THAN SIXTY YEARS. ITS HISTORY BEGINS WITH THE BOER WAR IN 1899. GUN CREWS FROM THE ROYAL NAVY WERE CALLED IN TO HAUL THE HEAVY GUNS MANY MILES ACROSS ROCKY RAVINES, STAGNANT STREAMS AND HOT OPEN COUNTRYSIDE. THE EXPLOITS OF THE GUN CREWS CAPTURED THE IMAGINATION OF THE BRITISH PUBLIC, AND ON THEIR RETURN THE CREWS WERE CALLED TO GIVE A DISPLAY AT OLYMPIA.

    SINCE THEN THE RE-ENACTMENT HAS DEVELOPED INTO A CLOSELY FOUGHT COMPETITION FOR THE THREE CUPS THAT ARE TROPHIES FOR THE CONTEST. NOT SINCE 1958 HAVE ALL THREE CUPS BEEN WON BY ONE TEAM. IN THAT YEAR DEVENPORT CARRIED HOME THE COVETED TROPHIES.

    EACH TEAM IS COMPOSED OF EIGHTEEN MEN - ALTHOUGH THE INITIAL TRAINING PERIOD BEGINS WITH FIFTY. ONE OF THE CUPS IS AWARDED FOR THE FASTEST TIME IN ANY ONE ROUND, THE SECOND FOR THE LOWEST AGGREGATE TIME FOR ALL ROUNDS, AND THE THIRD ON POINTS AWARDED BY A PANEL OF JUDGES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA146QK1QRU5HYCB961EY63FYFL
    Media URN:
    VLVA146QK1QRU5HYCB961EY63FYFL
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/03/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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