Thousands flocked to Brussels for a last glimpse of the World Fair on the final day, October 19.
Thousands flocked to Brussels for a last glimpse of the World Fair on the final day, October 19. So guest was the last rush that it was estimated that the total attendance figure since the fair opened would be in the region of 42 million.
Between 30 to 35 million visitors had been expected. The 1935 Brussels World Fair had 22 million visitors.
Neighbouring countries contributed the highest number of visitors but it was estimated that there war a monthly average of 3,000 American visitors. The number of German visitors was conspicuous and it was said that more than half of the population of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg went to Brussels.
Among the well-known visitors since the fair opened were: The Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Margaret, Lord and Lady Mountbatten, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, the Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg, M. Coty, the French President; Professor Heuss, West German President and Dr. Adenauer, West German Chancellor; Marshall Voroshilov, President of the U.S.S.R. and Mr. Mikoyan, the Russian deputy Prime Minister.
One of the last events at the fair, October 18, was a banquet in honour of the diplomatic corps, the foreign commissioners-general and presidents of the different sections. It was attended by King Baudouin, King Leopold, Princess Liliane and Prince Albert. There were 600 guests.
Although the exhibition is now being dismantled, there will be signs of it for years to come. The 330 ft High Atomium, symbolizing man's entry into the atomic age, will remain for at least 10 years. The exhibits at the Palace of Science, a permanent building which is needed for the annual industrial fair, may move to the pavilion of international cooperation. Part of the German pavilion may remain and be used for the organization of seminars on European problems.
The Russian and Czechoslovak pavilions will be transferred to their respective countries.
About 10,000 people have been working permanently at the exhibition, among them a number of foreigners who will return to their own countries.