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Celebrations in Glasgow after the Relief of Mafeking, 1900

Celebrations in Glasgow after the Relief of Mafeking, 1900

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Celebrations in Glasgow after the Relief of Mafeking, 1900

Series of illustrations showing the celebrations in Glasgow which took place when the news of the relief of Mafeking, during the Boer War, reached the city, 1900

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Boer Celebrations Glasgow Illustrations Mafeking Reached

This series of illustrations depicts the jubilant celebrations that took place in Glasgow, Scotland, upon receiving the news of the relief of Mafeking during the Second Boer War in 1900. The relief of Mafeking was a significant turning point in the conflict, as the besieged British garrison, led by Colonel Baden-Powell, successfully held out against the Boer forces for over 200 days. The illustrations show the city's residents coming together in a spontaneous outpouring of joy and relief. In the first image, a large crowd gathers in the streets, waving Union Jack flags and cheering. In another, a group of soldiers, fresh from the battlefield, are welcomed home with open arms and heartfelt embraces. A third illustration captures the moment the news was received at the city's Town Hall, where the mayor and other dignitaries are seen standing at the balcony, addressing the throngs of people below. The scenes of celebration continue, with children playing in the streets, soldiers and civilians singing patriotic songs, and a grand procession making its way through the city. The illustrations capture the sense of unity and pride that swept through Glasgow during this historic moment. These images offer a glimpse into the past, providing a visual record of an important moment in Glasgow's history and the city's role in the larger events of the Boer War. They serve as a reminder of the power of community spirit and the enduring impact of significant historical events on the lives of ordinary people.

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