London Display

In many towns throughout the country large and important Public Meetings were held in the late 1890’s and early 1890’s, with a view to increase public interest in the work of the Boys’ Brigade. As was commonplace at the time, proceedings were formal, included a chairman, and distinguished speakers a format which continued as the demonstration moved from the Exeter Hall, to Queens Hall, and then more famously the Royal Albert Hall. These venues, all located in London, meant that by the time it reach the Royal Albert Hall, it was primarily the ‘London Display’, however the early demonstration included display items from BB Companies outside of London, including the brass band of the 1st Sheffield in 1891 and the brass band of the 1st Glasgow in 1894. In the 1950’s and 60’s the Display was drawings crowds for all over the United Kingdom, as well as overseas guests, resulting in the display being held over two days, most often a Friday evening performance, with two Saturday performances, and matinee and an evening performance. The Chairman we different at all the performances, and notable Chairman have included Princes Elizabeth in 1951 and Prince Philip in 1951, as well as Lord Baden Powell in 1903 and 1907.

Laterly the Display was produced by the London District, and Battalions and Companies were encouraged to produce items for the display. By the late 1980’s filling the Royal Albert Hall, combined with the cost implications, resulted in the event being moved to the Wembley Arena on a bi-annual basis, and the 1993 was the last London District Display in that format.

London Display 1939 album

London Display 1926

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