In 1938 Birmingham celebrated the 100th anniversary of the city’s Borough Charter with a pageant acting as the climax of the festivities. Eight episodes told the story of Birmingham from its prehistoric origins to its position as the ‘hub of industrial England’ and its final status as a city in its own right. The period displaying scenes from pre-history must have been some of the most impressive on show. In the opening episode, three dinosaurs, hacked together from the chassis of small cars, ply wood and paint and powered by men hidden inside would maraud across the field chasing, and being chased by hundreds of fur clothed cavemen.
Egbert (pictured) was the biggest of the three and could emit a ‘terrifying’ roar and breath yellow smoke.