Annual Shakespeare birthday celebrations were held in Stratford-upon-Avon, Apr 23 - day of St. George,?
GV Shakespeare Memorial Theatre
CU Name outside Theatre
GV Country dancing outside Memorial Theatre
SV Statue of Shakespeare in background
CU PAN..Statue of Hamlet
LV The birthplace of Shakespeare
CU Plate outside house
SV PAN..Procession to the birthplace
SV The High Commissioner for Australia and lady Harrison and other VIP's at base of flagstaffs
LV Flags are unfurled
CU PAN..United Kingdom plaque and flag "Presented by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth"
CU Dutch plaque
CU Soviet Union plaque
Cu French plaque
CU Stratford-upon-Avon Canada plaque
CU Australian Commonwealth plaque
CU Thailand plaque
SV PAN..Procession to Shakespeare's birthplace
SCU Canadian party enter birthplace
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Background: Annual Shakespeare birthday celebrations were held in Stratford-upon-Avon, Apr 23 - day of St. George, England's patron saint. Taking part or watching were representatives of many countries and of the theatre and literary world.
Outside the town's Shakespeare Memorial Theatre - on the banks of the Avon - schoolchildren performed English and Scottish country dances, and here the traditional procession of distinguished guests formed up to make its way to the house where Shakespeare was born 396 years ago, - stopping on the way for a ceremonial unfurling of the flags of the nations. Afterwards the procession went to the poet's tomb in a Stratford church for the wreath-laying ceremony.
Among those representing Commonwealth countries this year were the Australian High Commissioner, Sir Eric Harrison, and Lady Harrison, and Canadian representatives.