• Short Summary

    The fifty-fourth annual Nijmegen marches drew to a colourful close on Friday (July 24) after four days of tramping through hundreds of miles of Dutch countryside.

  • Description

    The fifty-fourth annual Nijmegen marches drew to a colourful close on Friday (July 24) after four days of tramping through hundreds of miles of Dutch countryside.

    Fourteen thousand servicemen and civilians from all over the world sent contingents to Nijmegen this year, among them 1,000 Britons -- the largest single national group.

    The march, said to be the longest of its kind anywhere in the world, is organised by the Royal Netherlands League for Physical Culture. The walks were started in 1909 as a test of stamina for League members, but has since expanded to include men, women and children of over twenty nationalities.

    The marches have been held every year, except for the war years, and provide the local inhabitants with a type of carnival. Those who take part in the events, however, treat the venture seriously. All marchers are allocated routes and distances varying from 18 miles to 32 miles a day for the four days. Soldiers are expected to carry heavy kits as part of their course.

    Failure of any one person to complete the programme means instant disqualification for the unit's entire team. In mild weather, the marches can be pleasant excursions, but with uncertain conditions of heat and rain such as the marchers faced this year, the walks can become a test of the survival of the fittest.

    On the final day, about 150,000 people lined the final route into Nijmegen's town centre for the four-hour march. Members of the Dutch Royal Family and Prince George of Denmark took the reviewing stand to receive the salutes of the military contingents.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEMCIGOQKPZO4B5E19ODKQJE8G
    Media URN:
    VLVAEMCIGOQKPZO4B5E19ODKQJE8G
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/07/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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