Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 26, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
18 - THI IITHBRIDOI HIRAID - Friday, March 26, 1971 T R AVE L TEXAS' PAST AND PRESENT - The world's largest land-based oil derrick towers in the background as a Caddo Indian war canoe glides past on a shimmering lake at Six Flags over Texas. From observation decks atop the 300-foot derrick guests can see the skylines of both Dallas and Fort Worth. And, for the daring, there is a 12-lane giant , slide swooping down the 50-foot level. Six Flags Over Texas celebrates birthday Texas brand entertainment Historic city marks 1900th birthday Year-long carnival at York Ten years ago a new concept in family entertainment- a blend of fun and history-was born as Six Flags Over Texas made its debut on what had once been a stretch of Texas ranch land. Since then Six Flags - located midway between Dallas and Fort Worth - has grown in size and reputation. Today it is visited by some two million fun seekers each year. Six Flags Over Texas has never bad a "customer." Every visitor is a "guest." There a r e no "employees." Some 1,-500 "hosts and hostesses,-" mostly college students, give the Park its special personality. Six Flags is an exciting mixture of rides, shows, landscaping, shops, exhibits and a rare brand of hospitality. Since 1961, more than 16,000,-000 persons from every state and most foreign countries have sampled the fun of Six Flags. m Adding to the park's appeal is its one-price ticket policy. Adults pay $5.75. Children un- der twelve can buy a ticket for $4.00, and those under three are admitted without charge. The ticket covers everything except food and souvenirs. Guests can ride all the rides and see all the shows and attractions as many times as they like during the day without extra charge. The name "Six Flags Over Texas" comes from the state's history. Since the first explorers came in the early 1500s the flags of Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederacy and the Uni- ted States have flown over Texas soil. From this rich background comes the park's theme. The entertainment area is divided into six sections in which the architecture and atmosphere reflect the various periods . . . the tile and stucco of Mexico and Spain, the faded wood of the Texas frontier, the Old South charm of the Confederacy, a rugged log fort built by the French and the modern look of the U.S.A. At Six Flags there is excitement everywhere. York, England, is celebrating the 1900th aniversary of its founding by the Romans with a year-long Roman carnival throughout the whole of 1971. The city's festivities consist of 12 months of spectacular events and attractions - well worth going to see. Costing an estimated $250,000, they include visits by the British Royal Ballet, Sadler's Wells Opera, five symphony orchestras including a performance by the Halle Orchestra and Choir, and the Theatre Royal Company. Guest appearances will be made by such internationally famed musicians as Andres Segovia, John Williams and John Ogdon, with a special recital at the end of March by Victoria de los Angeles. A re-creation of the Battle of Marston Moor at the nearby stately home of Castle Howard promises to be a popular attraction in June, whilst folk dancing, regattas, band concerts, parades, the Lord Mayor's Show, a spectacular torchlight Roman funeral procession, a major military tat-to, the world archery championships and a $30,000 golf tournament will highlight the event. Other sporting activities will include horse racing, motor events and an exhibition match of rugby football. There will also be costume balls, an Edwardian fair, and hundreds of lesser events. But the main feature in this kaleidoscope of festivity will be in the form of a vast open air pageant play in the grounds of St. Mary's Abbey. It will have a cast of several hundred local amateur actors and will reflect all the important changes of York's long history. In December the York Musical Society will bring the anniversary year to a fitting conclusion with a performance of Handel's "Messiah" in the magnificent nave of York Minster. York Minster is the chief glory of the city, and one of Europe's most famous Gothic buildings. The first church was a wooden building erected in AD627 for the baptism of King Edwin of Northumbria after his conversion to Christianity. The present Minster, the fifth to be built on the site, took 250 years to build and was completed in 1774. York Minster is famed throughout the world for its superb stained glass - 120 windows of all periods from the 12th to the 16th centuries, including the very beautiful "Five Sisters" in the north transept, and the great east window which covers an area of 2,000 square feet and is probably the largest window of medieval colored glass in the world. The city of York was found ed in the year 71 by the Roman Governor of Britain, Quint us Petilius Cerealis and soon became the most important military and political centre in the British Isles. ' Even before the Romans it was a fort, caled Oaer Ebrauc, which the Romans renamed Eboracum. This was soon shortened to Bora, then called by the Vikings Bora - vick. which became York. York is Britain's second city in ceremonial precedence with the Lord Mayor and Archbishop second only to London and Canterbury. If the House of York had won the Medieval Wars of the Roses, it might be the home of the Royal Family. Probably the most famous of the ancient House of York was Richard III. / . One of Britain's finest historic cities, with medieval walls, narrow cobbled streets, picturesque overhanging buildings, York is one of the best preserved cities in the whole of northern Europe. SAS, Aeroflot train hostesses for Trans-Siberian service to anniversaries Crack express to be withdrawn As usual, Europe has several anniversary celebrations this year to add to the constant stock of sightseeing. Some of these special events ere? Britain - City of York's 1,900th birthday. Throughout the year are events ranging through folk dancing to art exhibits and concerts. From May 22-Sept. 30, Richmond Castle in Richmond, Yorkshire, marks its 900th anniversary with medieval pageants. Joint program of cruise and fly vacations Holland America Line and German Atlantic Line (which is represented by Holland America Line Agencies, Inc.) are jointly offering a program of 21 "Cruise 'n Fly Vacations'*, in conjunction with four long cruises on the s. s. Rotterdam, t. s. Hamburg and t. s. Han-seatic to destinations all over the world. The sea-air tours, which begin April 4 and run through Feb. 6, 1972, will range in length from 12 days with a fare of $699 to 55 days and a price of $4,454. Over half of the tours depart from and return to New York with San Francisco, Port Everglades-Miami and Honolulu serving as other gateways. All of the tours have been co-ordinated with flights of regularly scheduled airlines. In Tewkesbury, Gloucester, there is a double celebration -the 850th anniversary of the consecration of the Abbey and the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Tewkesbury. During the International Festival in Edinburgh, Aug. 22-Sept. 11, the 200th birthday of novelist Sir Walter Scott will be celebrated. Austria - Town of Krems observes its 1,000th year with special events such as One Thousand Years of Art exhibition June 1-Oct. 31. Belgium - Year of the cha-teaus, with light and sound performances, concerts and folk dancing all summer in most of the country's castles. The 800th anniversary of the Cathedral of Tournai will be observed with religious art exhibitions from May'l to the end of October. Denmark - The 700th anniversary celebration of Ny borg, on Funen Island, July 2-18. Norway - 1,100th birthday of the Viking town of Tons-berg. Celebrations include a Jubilee Fair, May 20-31. Official celebrations begin June 6 with festivities continuing through Dec. 31. Sweden - The City of Gothenburg, 350 years old, celebrations May 31-June 6. Germany - Two special anniversaries. One is the 500th birthday of artist Albrecht Durer. A special exhibit of his works will be displayed in Nuremberg beginning May 21. The 400th celebration of astronomer J. Kepler's birthday will begin June 25 in Weil der Stadt. Air hostesees from Aeroflot Soviet Airlines are undergoing training at the moment for service on board Scandinavian Airlines DC-8 Super Pans which will inaugurate the Trans Siberian Express April 3. The new route, linking Copenhagen and Tokyo via Moscow, will cut - some four hours and 2.000 miles off the previous East-West Great Circle short cut. Operating in pool, SAS and Aeroflot will each provide weekly services. Under terms of the agreement between the two airlines, three Aeroflot hostesses will serve among the cabin crew on the SAS Trans-Siberian Express while three SAS cabin attendants will perform similar duties on the Soviet service. One group of a dozen Aeroflot air hostesses is attending the SAS Air Hostess College at Sandefjord, Norway, for familiarization with SAS cabin service procedures, catering equipment, meal and beverage service, sales on board, and other topics. A second group will also attend the week-long course. Similarly, SAS cabin attendants are studying with Aeroflot in Moscow this month. No explanations The Norwegian Nobel Committee never explains its choice for the Nobel Peace Prize. It simply announces to whom the prize has been awarded and specifies the amount of the prize money. LAWSON'S MAKE FOREIGN TRAVEL A BREEZE . . . 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