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.