The world's newest nation - the Seychelles Republic in the Indian Ocean, a thousand miles off the east coast of africa - continued its independence celebrations on Wednesday (30 June) with the opening of a national exhibition, and a street carnival.
GV Victoria Reclamiantion Area with crowds milling around stalls
GV Prime Minister & Duke of Gloucester arrive
MV PAN Stalls (2 shots)
MVs Agricultural stall (3 shots)
MV PAN China stall
MV Duke watching coloured chickens PAN TO Chickens in formation of Seychelles flag (2 shots)
MV PAN Carnival floats with crowd watching (2 shots)
CU Float passes with crowd watching (2 shots)
MV PAN "Miss Seychelles" float passes
MV PAN Chinese dragon dance
MV PAN Aviation Seychelles model Concorde passes
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Background: The world's newest nation - the Seychelles Republic in the Indian Ocean, a thousand miles off the east coast of africa - continued its independence celebrations on Wednesday (30 June) with the opening of a national exhibition, and a street carnival.
SYNOPSIS: A site known as the Reclamation Area in the Seychelles' capital, Victoria, was chosen for the nation's first national exhibition. The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Queen's official representatives at the celebrations, attended the exhibition with the Prime Minister, Mr. Albert Rene. Stalls at the exhibition showed off the traditional handicrafts of the islands.
Agriculture is vital to the nation's economy, and one of the largest sections at the exhibition was given over to a farming display.
There was also a display of china. After visiting this stall, the Queen's representatives were shown around the Chicken Farm Pavilion, where young chicks which had been dyed in various colours attracted a good deal of public attention. They were told that as the Sevchelles was a multicolored country, the chickens were also multicolored.
Apart from the exhibition, there was a huge street carnival with scores of national and industrial floats, all brightly coloured It appeared as if the whole population of the island had gathered in Victoria for the parade.
The "Miss Seychelles" float was one of the most popular with the thousands who lined the route of the carnival. But one thing none of the spectators knew was that the President was hard at work as the festivities continued. President James Mancham has a reputation as a "playboy", but in the few days since his country achieved its independence from Britain, he has been hard at work with his Ministers sorting out the long road ahead for the Seychelles. Perhaps one of the problems he's looking at is whether is country should buy a Concorde airliner .. but perhaps one which is faster than the model which appeared in the carnival.