• Short Summary

    HUNDREDS OF HIPPIES HAVE BARRICADED THEMSELVES INSIDE A GEORGIAN MANSION IN THE EXPENSIVE MAYFAIR DISTRICT OF LONDON, NOT FAR FROM BUCKINGHAM PALACE, WHERE THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY LIVES.

  • Description

    HUNDREDS OF HIPPIES HAVE BARRICADED THEMSELVES INSIDE A GEORGIAN MANSION IN THE EXPENSIVE MAYFAIR DISTRICT OF LONDON, NOT FAR FROM BUCKINGHAM PALACE, WHERE THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY LIVES.

    THE HIPPIES CLAIM THEY ARE GOING TO STAY IN THE VACANT 60-ROOM MANSION BUT AGENTS FOR THE OWNERS SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THEY WOULD HAVE THEM EVICTED.

    THE ELEGANT, FIVE-STOREY MANSION WAS EMPTY WHEN THE HIPPIES MOVED IN EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING (MONDAY). THE BUILDING IS DUE TO BE DEMOLISHED.

    THEY HAVE SWITCHED ON THE WATER AND ELECTRICITY AND SAY THEY HAVE ENOUGH FOOD FOR SEVERAL WEEKS. TODAY (TUESDAY) THERE WERE ESTIMATED TO BE MORE THAN 400 MEN, WOMEN, -- AND CHILDREN -- IN THE HOUSE.

    THEY HAVE BOARDED UP ALL GROUND FLOOR DOORS AND WINDOWS AND BUILT A DRAWBRIDGE FROM AN UPPER WINDOW TO ALLOW ACCESS TO THE BUILDING. HOMELESS HIPPIES WERE ADMITTED TO THE BUILDING THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

    AGENTS FOR THE COMPANY WHICH OWNS THE MANSION, SAID A COURT ORDER FOR THEIR EVICTION WAS ONE OF THE MOST SENSIBLE ACTIONS OPEN AT THE MOMENT.

    THE LEADER OF THE HIPPIES, WHO CALLS HIMSELF "DR. JOHN," SAID THEY WOULD NOT MOVE OUT, BUT WOULD ONLY USE WHATEVER FORCE WAS NECESSARY TO STOP BEING TURNED OUT.

    THE MANSION WHICH STANDS AT THE CORNER OF TWO OF LONDON'S BEST-KNOWN THOROUGHFARES, PICCADILLY AND PARK LANE, WAS USED UNTIL RECENTLY AS A DAY SCHOOL AND ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES. IT OVERLOOKS GREEN PARK AND NEARBY BUCKINGHAM PALACE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5T8ATPAIZC98NOLXLDE7WGU8C
    Media URN:
    VLVA5T8ATPAIZC98NOLXLDE7WGU8C
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/09/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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