Duke of Edinburgh, Attlee, Gamlin and children speaking at youth forum.
Daily Mail youth forum.
MS Mr. Frank Owen Chairman opening the meeting. "First of all, it is the largest youth forum ever held in the world. In case you didn't know there are 6,000 of you sitting in this hall at this moment. LS I've no doubt at all what the result of the argument will be". Owen sits down amid applause. MS. Audience applauding, pan to Duke of Edinburgh rising to speak. Owen introduces him and he begins to speak. MS. 'You all know that the world is facing a very grave crisis. Now the reason for this crisis is very simple. It is just that distance if no longer a matter of miles but of hours and we have proof of that here amongst us in that the members of the Forum have flown here from the other side of the earth in practically no time at all. Now history has shown that people can live peacefully close together and now, whether we like it or not, we are close neighbours, of all the world. Now the choice before us is quite simple as well. It is either the destruction of the world or a peaceful world society and it is up to us to make the choice. SCU. I would just like to say that we all know that Utopia is unobtainable but if we know the world we want, then at least we can work for it.' Duke sits down. SCU. Attlee speaking. '..... all with which I'm not invariably in agreement but I would like to thank them for organising this Youth Forum. I hope our Visitors from other countries are thoroughly enjoying their stay here. I've been asked to speak this afternoon on 'Britain's contribution to the World we want' Well I must confess I was rather uncertain as to the exact nature of this subject. It might mean what Britain had contributed in the past or what she might contribute in the future. It might mean her material or her spiritual contribution but I have concluded that I should try to tell you what I consider as a result of experience in the field of human relationships The problem of Democracy is to ensure that the will of the Majority prevails without infringing the rights of the minority. Rights of minorities to express their opinions, to seek to change opinion and convert the majority to their view. The problems of liberty, how to give the greatest freedom to the individual without impairing the unity of the whole, without preventing the exercise of the common will'. LV elevated pan crowded hall with delegates applauding MS. Lionel Gamlin BBC announcer getting up and bowing, sits down and starts speaking. Mr Gamlin's Speech. MS. 'Your Royal Highness, Mr. Prime Minister, Your Excellencies ladies and Gentlemen and all our young friends here in this hall. When I had the pleasure of attending the Manchester meeting of the World Forum of Youth some weeks ago. I was especially delighted to hear one of the delegates. Hans Christiansen of Denmark, I think it was say that the thing which surprised him most since his arrival in this country was to find that the English people were not, in fact cold and reserved, but friendly and well, he didn't actually say it, though I'm sure he nearly added almost human. ..... But today, in Europe as in Britain, I don't think we need take the shaggy-minded pessimist very seriously and when you have heard the delegates to this final session of the World Forum of Youth discussing the world they all want, and indeed, we middle-aged old fogies also want, I feel confident that you will agree with me. If Britain's contribution to that better world is both important and invaluable, especially in the field, as the Prime Minister just reminded us, of human relationships, Europe's contribution is no less so. It is fitting, I think that those young men and women on whom the brunt of the task will in a very few years from now, should voice their opinions and Ideals. through their representatives from Belgium, Denmark, France, Holland, Italy, Norway and, Sweden. Gamlin sits down and calls upon American boy delegate to speak. American boy speaking 'Well the first thing they can do is to become peaceful. I know the United States has been drawn into two wars (I don't know whether we did much to contribute to them), but we've come into two wars that did start in Europe. I'd like to see Europe settle down and become peaceful. I think they are doing a great thing in the way they are doing it now. I think there are great hopes that Europe is not going to squabble. Of course they are coming back to a very good economic basis (I think we're doing something when Europe does become united s it is now, she''ll be a great strength to UN and I think the UN s the hope if the world and if we don't have squabbling in Europe which is a large part of the United Nations it will really contribute to World peace. SCU Gamlin asking French girl 'What about France Nicole?' Nicole 'I think that one of the most important contributions that France can give us is in agriculture and our products like wheat and things like that. (Next part indistinguishable) but I think the most important thing is the French quality. we are not a country for mass production but solely for quality and one very important thing France can give us (Indistinguishable) French artists playwrights etc. I f we in France do not know exactly how to use them they are always useful to the world in general. MS Swedish boy speaking MS Italian girl speaking 'Italy's economy is in direct connection with the industrial recovery in central Europe (indistinguisable) she can give besides agricultural products like rice and fruit essentially refined products for the reconstruction of Europe and housebuilding material. MS Danish girl speaking 'I think the Marshall Plan is a splendid idea. For instance in Denmark we have definitely made things much better now, but I think that we must include Germany in the Marshall Plan. we need the German products. If we include Germany in our Plan we will get them and the whole of Europe needs them'