• Short Summary

    THE FORMER AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER, SIR ROBERT MENZIES, WAS CONFERRED WITH THE HONORARY FREEDOM OF THE BOROUGH OF DEAL LAST NIGHT (FRIDAY).

  • Description

    THE FORMER AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER, SIR ROBERT MENZIES, WAS CONFERRED WITH THE HONORARY FREEDOM OF THE BOROUGH OF DEAL LAST NIGHT (FRIDAY). DEAL IS AN ASSOCIATION BOROUGH IN THE HISTORIC CINQUE PORTS ON ENGLAND'S SOUTH COAST. THREE YEARS AGO, SIR ROBERT WAS INSTALLED AS THE FIRST NON-BRITISH WARDEN OF THE CINQUE PORTS.

    PRESENTING SIR ROBERT WITH THE CERTIFICATE OF ADMISSION TO THE BOROUGH IN DEAL TOWN HALL, THE MAYOR OF DEAL, COUNCILLOR JOHN BLAKE, SPOKE OF THE STATEMENT'S GREAT SERVICES TO THE COMMONWEALTH.

    THE HONORARY FREEDOM, ADDED COUNCILLOR BLAKE, WAS ALSO PRESENTED IN RECOGNITION OF THE "GREAT PART PLAYED BY AUSTRALIA IN ASSISTING THIS COUNTRY THROUGH MANY TROUBLED TIMES".

    THE ONLY DISCORDANT NOTE AT THE CEREMONY RESULTED FROM A BOYCOTT BY SEVEN SOCIALIST MEMBERS OF DEAL COUNCIL. THEY CLAIMED THAT THE FREEDOM OF THE BOROUGH SHOULD BE RESERVED FOR PERSONS CLOSELY LINKED WITH THE LIFE OF DEAL, OR WITH NATIONAL FIGURES IDENTIFIED WITH BRITISH LIFE.

    HOWEVER, THE INSTALLATION OF SIR ROBERT IN 1966 AS LORD WARDEN FOR LIFE OF THE CINQUE PORTS INDICATES JUST HOW CLOSELY HE IS IDENTIFIED WITH BRITISH LIFE. THE POST HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN HELD BY SIR ROBERT'S ERTEND, THE LATE SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL, WHO WAS APPOINTED TO THE OFFICE IN 1941 BY KING GEORGE VI.

    THE POST OF WARDEN DATES BACK 700 YEARS. THE ORIGINAL CINQUE PORTS -- THE ONLY FEDERATION OF TOWNS IN ENGLAND -- WERE HASTINGS, RONNEY, HYTHE, DOVER AND SANDWICH. THE KENTISH PORT OF DEAL LATER BECAUSE A MEMBER, OR "LIMB", OF THE FEDERATION, WHICH PROVIDED THE NUCLEOS OF ENGLAND'S ROYAL FLEET UNTIL THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA73UKLRGTAQKGZ5CNJWXDCDRZZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA73UKLRGTAQKGZ5CNJWXDCDRZZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/08/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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