The Rt. Hon. Herbert BOWDEN CBE, MP, represented the British Government at Britain's National Day?
The Rt. Hon. Herbert BOWDEN CBE, MP, represented the British Government at Britain's National Day Ceremonies at EXPO.
The ceremonies of the day began when the Dignitaries took their place on the tribune of honour - the raising of the flag, the cannon salute, the review of the Guard of Honour, Addresses, the National Anthem of Britain. Mr. and Mrs. Bowden then toured the Pavilion. Later, at 5 o'clock Mr. and Mrs. Bowden were also present at the spectacular pop historical pageant, which compressed 2500 years into 40 minutes.
The Pavilion of Great Britain is in 5 enlightening chapters:
SHAPING THE NATION plunges the visitor into the imaginative, theatrical experience of colours, shapes and sounds. In the dark cavernous rotunda the startled participant is carried through the area on a slowly moving floor. All around, rocks are buffetted by waves. Projected on the rocks are historical scenes of primitive Britain, advancing from Stonehedge through the history of Britain's kingship and democracy; to and including the colonizers and merchant adventurers.
THE GENIUS OF BRITAIN serves as a bridge between the past and the present and presents in some detail a record of the many really outstanding contributions Britons have made and are still making to human progress in almost every field of endeavour. A quiet, studious atmosphere pervades this hall of honour.
BRITAIN TODAY sans thatched cottages, castles and crowns.... Here is humorously and wittily displayed contemporary Britons living in a nation meeting the challenge of change, moving forward but carrying with it all that which is acceptable from the past.
INDUSTRIAL BRITAIN shows this highly industrialized country in that sphere-- her latest developments of nuclear energy; the achievements of her science based industry; her contributions to radio astronomy; her lauded telecommunications network; her developments in shipping and air technology, and in the motor industry, etc. etc.
BRITAIN IN THE WORLD ensures that every visitor leaves the pavilion with a sure impression of the nation's place in international affairs; shows how this small island has become a world power with a vital part to play on the international stage... Britain the trader; Britain and the Commonwealth; Britain a world influence; Britain a good neighbour; and Britain in the future, to which she looks forward with hope for all mankind.