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Visit to the Exhibition at Wembley
Rushden and Higham Scholars

Rushden Echo, 3rd July 1925, transcribed by Kay Collins

A fortnight ago we offered a prize gold fountain pen for the best essay on the Rushden and Higham Ferrers day-school trip to the Wembley Exhibition. We received a large number of papers, and hope to publish some of them in next week’s Rushden Echo.

The prize has been awarded to

H Rockingham, aged 13
Rushden Alfred-street School,

For the following:

Our Visit to Wembley
After a pleasant railway journey we arrived at Wembley full of expectation and excitement. Then, after a little walk, we reached the entrance of the world-famous exhibition. We passed the turnstiles and entered the grounds, where people were lounging in bathchairs, enjoying the cool morning breeze; and having passed over the lake, the teachers directed us to the huge Stadium.

Having received instructions, we were conducted to the tea rooms, and then dispersed into different parties, and we started to view the House of Transport. Being interested in trains, we went into that department, and the first thing that attracted us was the gigantic “Flying Scotsman,” with sleeping and dining compartments. Huge aeroplanes brought the attraction of many people, but a most interesting feature was the model railway with miniature signals, tunnels, and everything that a railway possesses.

Someone ventured to say, “Let’s go down the coalmine,” so we went down, and it was so real that we imagined ourselves in a typical Welsh mine. Our guide showed us real pit-ponies, and wax miners working with pickaxes, and machinery, drills boring into the rock, and altogether it was a fine exhibit.

The next place of interest was the British Government Pavilion, which showed the map of the world with British Possession lit up by red lights underneath. On the second storey were old-fashioned suits of armour, blunderbusses, and guns of all descriptions, and also swords, rapiers, and lances of olden times.

The next place we went to was the Amusement Park, where children were abundant and nearly everything was half-price, and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. The “Jack and Jill” was very popular: You sit on a seat and it takes you to the top of a hill, where you shoot off and slide down a helter-skelter.

There are many other things, of which I have not time to relate, and after we had visited Hong Kong and had seen the Chinese at work, we went to Australia. There we beheld men shearing sheep, but my admiration was centred upon a Test match in Australia made out of butter.

Time passed quickly by, and after we had looked at the other countries we all met at the Stadium at the appointed time. We went to the station, and after a pleasant day we arrived home, weary and hungry.

An excellent paper was also received from George Sayer, aged 13 years, of the Alfred-street School, and an extra prize has been awarded to him.

Rushden Echo, 17th July 1925, transcribed by Kay Collins

Scholars’ Visit to Wembley - Essays by Rushden and Higham District Children
This week we give a few selections from essays sent in by Rushden and Higham district children on their recent visit to the Empire Exhibition.

Margaret Evans, Rushden:

We went to Canada, then Australia and a few more places. After dinner we passed the afternoon looking at things and going to different places. In the Palace of Industry we saw the most wonderful lace in such lovely patterns that I was astounded at it. It must have taken them weeks and weeks to do it. There were most exquisitely worked cushion-covers. I never saw anything like it before. Birds of all colours were embroidered on silks, and some of the lace shawls you could draw through a ring. I think the place I liked best was the Palace of Industry.

May Wrighton, 96 Harborough-road, Rushden, aged twelve:

Some of the places I went to were: Australia, Canada, and new Zealand, which I like very much, as it is nice to see what is going on in different parts of our Empire; but I liked best of all the Palace of Industry, as it seemed so interesting to see things we know and use every day being made.

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