Festival of Britain

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  1. Cripes. Sixty years ago. Seems like only yesterday. Gold foil coated chocolate coin thingies during rationing and I've still got the gyroscope I bought. How many of you remember that then?
    (The festival. Not my gyroscope)
  2. Some foul-smelling gooey stuff that you could blow into balloons - that wouldn't burst if you stuck a pin in them, the Skylon and the Tree Walk.
  3. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    Nope - don't remember it at all. I was out East protecting the country from Communist hordes in Malaya. Well actually I was still in nappies, but I should have had the GSM w/c Malaya pinned to my nappy as I was there!
  4. Only had 2 school trips. One to Carisbrooke Castle on the IoW, the other to the Festival of Britain. Remember the Britannia Class loco on display "Oliver Cromwell"? Oops, I forgot. We gpt taken to see "Scott of the Antarctic"
  5. Had a ball on Emett's railway in Battersea Park! The Far Tottering & Oyster Creek Railway. Loved the whole thing, but there again I was only 10.

    I thought the locomotive on display was Riddles' Britannia Class: 70000 'BRITANNIA'. I know 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' has been preserved, but clearly my memory is on the blink.
  6. rampant

    rampant LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Preserved & running:

  7. Although naturally you abhor any locomotive with such a name as it offends your ultra-loyalist principles? :)
  8. How prescient you are! I loath Cromwell and his memory!
  9. seaweed

    seaweed LE Book Reviewer

    South Bank -Skylon - Dome of Discovery - boat to Battersea Park - loaded up with ice cream - loads of rides on curvy, twisty, up-and-downy things - was later copiously sick. Stupid boy.
  10. I remember -- or at least I think I do -- an Army unit (Royal Signals?) with a transmitting dish poinnted at the sky and being told they were bouncing radio waves off the moon. I thought that was brilliant.