MANCHESTER is certainly giving a lead to other provincial centres. The city is sending no fewer than 10,000 of its children to London for two-day visits to see the Festival of Britain. The children come up in parties of 500 or so and spend the nights in the deep shelter at Clapham. They are looked after by school-teachers in the ratio of one teacher to every 15 children.
This evening I watched one of these parties boarding their special buses in Leicester Square at the end of their day. A London policeman and a transport inspector, whose task is to shepherd the children, were loud in their praises of the efficiency with which the expeditions have been organised.