Lord Burghley and the 1948 London Olympics.

The 1948 London Olympics, coming so soon after the end of the Second World War, were dubbed ‘The Austerity Games.’

Due, in part at least, to Lord Burghley’s lobbying in favour of holding them, against stiff opposition in some quarters, the Olympics were mounted on a shoestring budget, amongst economic gloom, in a war-scarred city.

They were nonetheless, an enormous success.

This was due in large part to Lord Burghley, who, as Chairman of the Organising Committee, persuaded a huge variety of businesses and individuals to become involved.


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