• Short Summary

    GAMBIA, BRITAIN'S OLDEST AND LAST WEST AFRICAN COLONY, BECAME INDEPENDENT AT MIDNIGHT ON WEDNESDAY. THE?

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    GAMBIA, BRITAIN'S OLDEST AND LAST WEST AFRICAN COLONY, BECAME INDEPENDENT AT MIDNIGHT ON WEDNESDAY. THE UNION JACK WAS LOWERED AND REPLACED WITH THE NEW BLUE, RED, GREEN AND WHITE NATIONAL FLAG IN THE PRESENCE OF THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF KENT REPRESENTING QUEEN ELIZABETH.

    THE DAY BEFORE, ON TUESDAY, THE DUKE AND HIS WIFE HAD ENJOYED A GARDEN PARTY AT WHICH THEY MET MANY OF BATHURST'S LEADING CITIZENS. HELD IN THE GOVERNOR'S PALACE, THE GAMBIANS MIXED WITH MANY GUESTS SPECIALLY INVITED TO THE COUNTRY FOR THE GREAT OCCASION.

    AN AGE-OLD TRADITIONAL PARADE WOUND THROUGH BATHURST'S STREETS DURING THE EVENING -- MUCH TO THE ENJOYMENT OF THE ROYAL COUPLE. WOOD AND PAPER LANTERN, SOME TWENTY FEET HIGH, CUT IN ELABORATE DESIGNS LIKE FILIGREE LACE LIT UP THE NIGHT.

    THEN, ON THURSDAY DAWNED GAMBIA'S DAY OF INDEPENDENCE. THE DUKE OF KENT MET CHIEFS AND MINISTERS IN BRIKAMA FOR A "MANSA BENGO" -- OR, GATHERING OF KINGS. AFTER SPEECHES FROM BOTH THE DUKE AND THE SENIOR CHIEF, THERE CAME A PROCESSION OF DANCERS, TOM-TOM BEATING MUSICIANS AND SOOTHSAYERS. LATER THE DUKE WATCHED THE MOMENT OF INDEPENDENCE AT THE CEREMONY IN THE INDEPENDENCE STADIUM.

    GAMBIA WILL BECOME A CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY, WITH MR. DAVID JAWARA AS PRIME MINISTER. THE COUNTRY'S MAIN RESOURCES ARE GROUNDNUT EXPORTS WORTH ABOUT GBP2 MILLION STERLING ANNUALLY. THERE IS TREMENDOUS POTENTIAL IN THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF THE GAMBIA RIVER. BRITAIN HAS PROMISED TO CONTINUE AID WHICH IN THE PAST HAVE AVERAGED ABOUT GBP500,000 A YEAR.

    APART FROM A SHORT COASTLINE, GAMBIA IS ENTIRELY SURROUNDED BY THE INDEPENDENT REPUBLIC OF SENEGAL. THE TWO COUNTRIES HAVE ALREADY HELD TALKS ON FUTURE ASSOCIATION AND AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED ON MUTUAL DEFENCE AND AN ENHANCEMENT ON INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTATION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADAT40OPE0132IVRGIV1JN2P5Y
    Media URN:
    VLVADAT40OPE0132IVRGIV1JN2P5Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/02/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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