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Attending the Olympic Games in 1908 AND 1948!

We’re enjoying reading news stories about people who attended the Olympic Games in 1948 – especially if they intend on going to the 2012 Games,too!

It’s been fascinating to read about all the changes in the sporting world that that have taken place since the more Corinthinian-minded days of 1948.

For instance, we didn’t know that the officials at the 1948 Games had to pay their own expenses. Just for the record, the Olympic uniform that Charles Arthur Potts of Hull purchased in 1948, cost £6 and 15 shillings, but was ‘coupon free’. Rationing was still in place at the time – hence the name of ‘the Austerity Games’.

If any of your ancestors played a role at previous Games and are mentioned in the Archive, then we’d love to hear from you.

swimming umpire at the 1948 games

Hull Daily Mail – Tuesday 27 April 1948

Image © Northcliffe Media Limited. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/BL/0000324/19480427/036/0004

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