Britain's an old country but a young one - that's the theme of the British Exhibition opening, New York, June 10.
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Background: Britain's an old country but a young one - that's the theme of the British Exhibition opening, New York, June 10. To dispel the average American impression that Britain comprises tea-drinking old ladies in lace and antique shops, and to drive home the importance and the variety of Anglo-American trade, jet engines, Irish linen, motor-cars, electronic equipment, bottles of whiskey, and a hundred and one other products large and small have been shipped into New York's Coliseum exhibition hall.
And to show that Britain is as inventive as she is productive, the 'Five Firsts' are there - equipment, diagrams and models of the Melrose Heart-Lung machine which replaces patient's organs during serious operation: the Hovercraft - vessel neither boat nor plane which floats on air and has crossed the English Channel: Calder Hall atomic power station, world's first full-scale plant supplying electricity for the national system (seen here operated by British Trade Minister Reginald Maudling): Jodrell Bank radio-telescope, world's biggest for tracking satellites and far away stars: and the DNA molecule, a structural analysis of an acid found in the heart of the living cell three years ago by British scientists, hailed as 'the most important thing since Newton' (discover of gravity), and which may well hold the secret to life itself.
For those Americans who don't care about Britain's industrial prowess, there's a tribute to Sir Winston Churchill, showing highlights from his long, eventful life, and a typical British pub - the Red Lion - popular as an 'exhibition-walkers rest'.
The exhibition will be opened by the Duke of Edinburgh, and starting June 17 is the British Military Tournament and Tattoo in Madison Square Gardens, just round the corner from the exhibition. In the biggest invasion in 150 years, 500 British troops will put on a spectacular show with ceremonial drill, motor-cycle acrobatics, massed bands and assault exercise. Red-uniformed, busby-wearing guardsmen, colourly dressed Household Cavalry trumpeters, Highland soldiers, and men of the King's Royal Rifle Corps - an infantry regiment raised many years ago in New York - will take part in the Tournament, one of London's most famous and hardy annuals.