1951 The Festival of Britain - on the South Bank - in 'The Smoke'
Britain and 1951 With fervour, flurry and fanfare, this coming May, a highly honorific British carpet will be unrolled. The royal family will pass in procession, and the 1951 Festival of Britain will be underway. The London Fair, incorporating civic development with industrial accomplishment in a review of both past and present, will be situated on a particularly war-scarred section of the south bank of the Thames. Here, an exposition is rising now, amid flashing aluminium trellises; at Olympia preparations are being made for the British Industries Fair; everywhere England will put out more flags. Throughout other parts of the capital and in most cities of the island, concerts, displays, pavilions, celebrations, will re-inform the visitor of the values of the Empire's homeland. The survivors of a mighty battle will reaffirm their victory; apply a measure of their Renaissance. — Flair Magazine January 1951
'No official statement of purpose heralds the Festival, though the British are much given to commemoration and 1951 is the centenary of Victoria's 'Great Exhibition' that presented Tom Thumb, the Crystal Palace, and the crinoline'. —Flair Magazine January 1951
And all very well and nice, but you might just be wondering what the Festival of Britain will herald for our daring cat burglar and jewel thief, Jethro. And just as well, as—for starters—we find him hanging by his very fingertips from atop The Shot Tower (that's the Napoleonic-era brick tower, close to Waterloo Bridge, to the left of the new Festival Hall, The Skylon, and the Dome of Discovery—centre-pieces of The Festival). And if that wasn't enough to contend with, there're too many people with guns running around London that want to see him dead.
It's a particularly dangerous time for our intrepid Cockney cat burglar—Jethro—especially as MI5 also want him to pull of another little job for them—on the QT—if he can possibly stay alive long to assist them, that is.