A flour bomb, aimed successfully at British opposition leader Mr. Edword Heath, marred an otherwise?
A flour bomb, aimed successfully at British opposition leader Mr. Edword Heath, marred an otherwise warm welcome home for the British Lions Ruby team on Tuesday (July 30) after its unbeaten tour of South Africa.
The incident happened at a hotel near London's Heathrow airport where the players had gone for a reception after an enthusiastic welcome from about 1000 fans.
Mr. Heath seemed unperturbed by the incident. A young woman was removed from the hotel by police, but Mr. Heath said he would not press charges. He was smothered in a cloud of flour after being struck on the back of his neck. The thrower was later identified as the teenage sister of anti-apartheid campaigner Peter Hain, Miss. sally Hain.
Earlier, at the airport, skipper Willie John McBride led his team of champions from their aircraft to the cheers of banner-waving supporters. The Lions had an unbeaten tour of South Africa. They won every match except Saturday's final test against the Springboks which ended in a 13 points each draw.
Symbolically, McBride cradled a live lion cub in his arms at the airport while other players held aloft the mounted head of a springbok.
A surprise member of the welcoming crowd was Britain's Minister of Sport Denis Howell. the Government had been against the Lions' tour of South Africa and Mr. Howell had earlier indicated prior engagements would prevent his being at the airport to welcome the players home. However, the Minister said he had been able to change the timetable for some of his appointments.