• Short Summary

    1948 London Olympic Games, Charles Key MP hands over former military camp for athletes' village

  • Description

    Mid shot of wooden buildings to be used as accommodation for athletes in the 1948 Olympic games. People coming out of a shop on the site, and close up of sign pointing to all the amenities on the site. Press and officials gathered for press conference, and pan to Charles Key MP, Minster of Works, being introduced. Close up of Mr Key speaking, saying 'May this revival of the games, after their wartime suspension, also herald the re-establishment of international harmony'. Wide of angle of press conference. Close up Mr Key speaking, saying 'I am glad to be able to hand over this camp to the Olympic Organising Committee for their use during the games. In handing it over, I offer my very best wishes, and trust that its use as an Olympic centre will contribute towards making the games a resounding success'. Close up delegates listening, and Mr Key sitting down to applause. Lord Burghley of the Olympic Organising Committee, standing to speak, says 'It is my very great privilege, on behalf of the organising committee, to receive and take over today this camp from the Office of Works. Close ups of Lord Burghley addressing crowd, no audio. Audio returns, and he says '..of the Olympic games coming here, there were those who said it would be quite impossible, let alone anything else, to house the competitors when they were here. Luckily there were many people who were not so faint hearted, and who said it can be done, it will be done, and here you see it has been done'. Pan from delegates listening, to Mr Key standing again. He says 'My lords, ladies and gentlemen, I have the greatest of pleasure in declaring this Olympic centre open', and then pan to the Olympic flag being raised. Close ups of delegates and athletes from various countries watching on, and close up of the flag flying. Quick pan from Olympic flag to road in the camp.

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
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    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    10:00:00 / 10:03:11

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  1. Unknown user says

    Several locations were used to house athletes during the 1948 Olympics - the camp being officially opened here is the one at Richmond Park.

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