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    The ninth Commonwealth Games were officially opened on Thursday (16th July) with a colourful ceremony at the Meadowbank Sports Centre in Edinburgh where some of the 2,000 competing athletes from 41 nations will compete until July 25.

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    The ninth Commonwealth Games were officially opened on Thursday (16th July) with a colourful ceremony at the Meadowbank Sports Centre in Edinburgh where some of the 2,000 competing athletes from 41 nations will compete until July 25. A parade of the competing teams around the track was followed by a message from the Queen read by Prince philip who declared the Games open. The Prince had gone to Edinburgh immediately after returning from the Royal Tour of Canada.

    The march-past of teams past the reviewing stand and Prince Philip was led by Jamaica, the host country in 1966. Following Jamaica, the teams marched through the stadium in alphabetical order, from Antigua to Zambia.

    Among the teams were large contingents from Australia, Canada and New Zealand, as well as Nigeria and Ghana. Ceylon was represented by a 20-year-old sprinter, Kahandra Badra. The Scottish team brought up the read of the parade.

    The Scottish winner of the 1966 Games marathon, Jim Alder, then ran around the track to deliver the Queen's message to Prince Philip. Following the Queen's message, the Prince declared the Games officially open and the event was marked by the raising of the Commonwealth Games flag with its crown of sovreignity encircled by the links of friendship.

    Pigeons were also released to signify the opening of the Games. The Scottish team captain, Crawford Fairbrother, took the oath on behalf of the record number of competitors and the Games were under way.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA5GVP3Q96CX7MJLPUL5ELENFH
    Media URN:
    VLVAA5GVP3Q96CX7MJLPUL5ELENFH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/07/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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