In the Netherlands, 18,000 people took part this year in the sixtieth annual Nijmegen march.?
In the Netherlands, 18,000 people took part this year in the sixtieth annual Nijmegen march. The marchers set out from Nijmegen on Tuesday (20 July) for their round journey of 30 miles (about 48 kilometres), which will take four days.
SYNOPSIS: Many of the marchers taking part were servicemen, with the largest contingent coming from Britain. Seven Danish teams have entered and had already marched all the way from their capital, Copenhagen - a distance of about 500 miles (about 800 kilometres). There are also teams from Austria, Brazil, Czechoslovakia, Israel, Japan and 4 other countries. This year's entry is the biggest in the history of the Nijmegen march. The first took place in 1909 and it's been an annual event ever since, apart from a short break during the way years.
But the occasion has become more of a festival than just a march over the years. However, much of the festival spirit disappeared for the parachute display team when the flag poles got in the way. The weather had been cold and wet earlier in the day but cleared later.
The marches are organised by the Royal Netherlands League for Physical Culture. They are non-competitive events, designed to encourage people to reach their peak of physical fitness. There are no age limits and youngsters of four of five march alongside old timers of 90 years old. Everyone seems to enjoy themselves and more people go each year to join in the carnival atmosphere.