• Short Summary

    IN LONDON THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY ATTRACTION FOR SCHOOLCHILDREN -- THE SCHOOLBOYS' AND SCHOOLGIRLS' EXHIBITION -- OPENED IN THE EMPIRE HALL, OLYMPIA, TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

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    IN LONDON THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY ATTRACTION FOR SCHOOLCHILDREN -- THE SCHOOLBOYS' AND SCHOOLGIRLS' EXHIBITION -- OPENED IN THE EMPIRE HALL, OLYMPIA, TODAY (WEDNESDAY). THE EXHIBITION IS SPONSORED BY A BRITISH NATIONAL DAILY NEWSPAPER.

    THE EXHIBITION IS THE LARGEST EVER STAGED, AND IS A FAVOURITE WITH SCHOOLCHILDREN OF ALL AGES IN BRITAIN. STANDS THERE SUGGEST CAREERS FOR THE YOUNGSTERS ON LEAVING SCHOOL -- WOULD-BE EMPLOYERS MAKING USE OF NUMEROUS 'GIMMICKS' TO ATTRACT NEAR-SCHOOLLEAVERS TO THEIR STANDS -- AND THROUGHOUT THE ACCENT IN ON FUN FOR A CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY OUTING.

    THE BRITISH ARMY, WHICH ALWAYS HAS A STAND AT THE EXHIBITION, INVITES YOUNGSTERS TO 'HAVE A GO' PARACHUTING. THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT -- KNOWN BY THEIR NICKNAME THE 'RED DEVILS BECAUSE OF THE RED BERETS THEY WEAR -- HAS INSTALLED THE HIGHEST PARACHUTE-JUMP TRAINING RIG YET MADE. SAFELY ANCHORED IN HARNESSES, THE YOUNGSTERS CAN TRY THEIR SKILL JUMPING FROM THE FLOOR ABOVE TO THE GROUND FLOOR. AFTERWARDS, THESE WOULD-BE RECRUITS ARE INVITED TO SEE STANDS SHOWING-OFF WORK CARRIED OUT BY THE VARIOUS BRANCHES OF THE ARMY.

    FOR THOSE TOO YOUNG TO REALLY BE CONSIDERED WOULD-BE SOLDIERS, THERE IS A CHILDREN'S CORNER, SPONSORED BY DR BARNARDO'S HOME, AN ORGANISATION WHICH CARES FOR ORPHANED, UNWANTED OR DEPRIVED CHILDREN. WHILE THE VISITORS TO THE STAND ARE ALMOST BECOME SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS, OR AN OLDER BROTHER OR SISTER. OFFICIALS AT THE STAND ALSO CARE FOR THESE LOST CHILDREN.

    A 400-FOOT GO-KART TRACK, COMPLETE WITH OBSTACLES AND SHARP BENDS FOR ADDED THRILLS, IS AVAILABLE FOR THE YOUNGSTERS WHO FEEL THEY NEED AN EXTRA 'KICK'.. BUT THERE IS ONE DIFFERENCE TO THESE GO-KARTS FROM THSOE WHICH APPEARED FOUR YEARS AGO -- THE LAST TIME GO-KARTING WAS A FEATURE OF THE EXHIBITION. THIS YEAR THE KARTS HAVE NO BRAKES. INSTEAD, WHEN THE ACCELERATOR IS RELEASED, A BRAKE COMES ON AUTOMATICALLY. LAST TIME THEY WERE FEATURED, THE KARTS HAD A SEPARATE BRAKE AND ACCELERATOR. BUT TOO MANY OF THE TRACK OFFICIALS COMPLAINED OR BRUISED SHINS AFTER YOUNGSTERS FORGOT ABOUT THE BRAKES, AND HEADED THEIR KARTS FOR THE OFFICIALS' LEGS IN ORDER TO STOP.

    MONSTERS, TOO, FIGURE IN THE EXHIBITION. THEY COME FROM THE BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION'S WEEKLY CHILDREN'S PROGRAMME 'DR WHO'. WHILE THE CHILDREN SEEM TO BE SOMEWHAT ATTRACTED TO THESE 'MONSTER', MANY PARENTS WHO WATCH THE PROGRAMME CONFESS THEY ARE MUCH MORE SCARED BY THEM THAN THEIR YOUNGSTERS WHO ARE USUALLY AVID VIEWERS.

    ROAD SAFETY, TOO, IS FEATURED WITH A STAND SPONSORED BY THE ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF ACCIDENTS (ROSPA). HERE, YOUNGSTERS CAN TRY THEIR SKILL CYCLING AROUND AN OBSTACLE COURSE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABKDRSCAH6AYDBV9I6QR56MD0B
    Media URN:
    VLVABKDRSCAH6AYDBV9I6QR56MD0B
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/12/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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