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.
GV Trumpets sound fanfare
GV Welcome board
GV Jamaican team march past Prince Philip
GV Australian team march past
GV Canadian team march past
GV Ceylonese athlete marches past
GV Ghana team march past
SV PAN New Zealand team march past
LV Nigerian team march past
GV Singapore team past
SV Swaziland athlete in native dress with spear past.
GV Scottish team passing, PAN to teams in arena.
SV Runner hands message to Prince Philip.
GV Teams applaud.
GV Commonwealth Games flag raised.
GV Pigeons released.
LV ZOOM into CU, Scottish athlete giving oath for all teams:
TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 18): FAIRBROTHER: "We declare that we will take part in the British Commonwealth Games of 1970 with true sportsmanship, recognising the rules which govern them, and desirous of participating in them for the honour of our Commonwealth and for the glory of sport."
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Background: 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.