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    THE WORLD FLIES TO LONDON. HEADS OF STATE, POLITICIANS AND DIPLOMATS FROM OVER 100 COUNTRIES?

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    THE WORLD FLIES TO LONDON. HEADS OF STATE, POLITICIANS AND DIPLOMATS FROM OVER 100 COUNTRIES HAVE BEGUN THEIR PILGRIMAGE TO THE BRITISH CAPITAL FOR THE STATE FUNERAL ON SATURDAY OF SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL. A FEW OF THEM WERE BOYS WHEN HE WAS A BOY - MANY WERE STILL YOUNG CHILDREN WHEN SIR WINSTON'S NAME WAS ALREADY DOWN IN THE BOOKS OF HISTORY.

    FIRST TO ARRIVE AT LONDON AIRPORT WAS THE NEW PRIME MINISTER OF BRITISH GUIANA, MR. FORBES BURNHAM. FORTY MINUTES LATER CAME CANADA'S PRIME MINISTER, MR. LESTER PEARSON, AND HIS WIFE. MR. PEARSON LEADS HIS COUNTRY'S DELEGATION. THE CANADIAN PARLIAMENTARY OPPOSITION LEADER, MR. DIEFENBAKER, WAS ALSO EXPECTED IN LONDON TONIGHT.

    FROM JAPAN CAME THE FORMER JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER, MR. NOBUSUKE KISHI, AFTER TRAVELLING OVER 9,500 MILES (15,200 KILOMETRES) FROM TOKYO. THE BRAZILIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, MR. VASCO DA CUNHA, SAID HE WAS PROUD TO HONOUR SUCH A GREAT FIGHTER FOR LIBERTY AND DEMOCRACY. SOUTH AFRICA'S REPRESENTATIVE WAS MR. JAN DE KLERKE, THE MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR.

    THE FIRST REPRESENTATIVES OF THE LAST WAR'S 'BIG FOUR' ALLIED NATIONS CAME FROM THE SOVIET UNION: MR. KONSTANTIN RUDNEV, A RUSSIAN DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, AND, WEARING MILITARY UNIFORM, MARSHAL IVAN KONIEV, THE FORMER RUSSIAN WARTIME COMMANDER. THEY WERE MET AT THE AIRPORT BY MR. SOLDATOV, SOVIET AMBASSADOR TO LONDON.

    AND, LATER THIS EVENING, AN OLD FRIEND OF SIR WINSTON'S - GENERAL EISENHOWER, FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT. HE ARRIVED AT THE HEAD OF THE OFFICIAL PARTY OF MOURNERS FROM AMERICA. AFTER SATURDAY'S FUNERAL SERVICE IN ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL, GENERAL EISENHOWER WILL BE PAYING A TELEVISION TRIBUTE TO SIR WINSTON.

    ANOTHER OFFICIAL MOURNER WAS SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN MUBARAK, COUSIN OF THE SHEIKH OF BAHRAIN. FROM NIGERIA WERE DR. ELIAS, THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE, AND MR. SHAGARI, THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL.

    THE BRAZILIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, MR. VASCO DA CUNHA, SAID HE WAS PROUD TO REPRESENT BRAZIL IN HONOURING CHURCHILL - SUCH A GREAT FIGHTER FOR LIBERTY AND DEMOCRACY.

    FIELD MARSHAL MONTGOMERY TODAY SAID HE'D DECLINED AN INVITATION TO BE A PALL-BEARER AT THE FUNERAL FOR HEALTH REASONS. SPEAKING IN CAPETOWN, WHERE HE'D ARRIVED FOR A SIX-WEEK CONVALESCENCE, HE SAID HE'D BEEN VERY UPSET TO HEAR OF HIS VERY CLOSE FRIEND'S DEATH. HE ADDED: "IT'S NO GOOD GOING TO THE FUNERAL OF AN OLD FRIEND AND FINISHING DEAD YOURSELF".

    WELL OVER A HUNDRED COUNTRIES WILL NOW BE OFFICIALLY REPRESENTED AT THE FUNERAL. FOUR EUROPEAN COUNTRIES - BELGIUM, DENMARK, GREECE AND NORWAY - WILL BE REPRESENTED BY THEIR KINGS. AND IT WAS ANNOUNCED TONIGHT THAT QUEEN JULIANA OF THE NETHERLANDS AND PRINCE BERNHARDT WILL BE COMING. THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA IS THE ONLY FOREIGN GOVERNMENT SO FAR TO DECLINE THE BRITISH INVITATION TO ATTEND THE FUNERAL.

    PRESIDENT DE GAULLE WILL ARRIVE TOMORROW WHEN MANY OTHER HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT CHIEFS ARE DUE.

    WITH SO MANY FOREIGN LEADERS ARRIVING IN LONDON, SIR WINSTON'S FUNERAL MEANS A MASSIVE JOB FOR THE SECURITY MEN WHO HAVE TO GUARD THEM. A BIG SECURITY OPERATION STARTED AT LONDON AIRPORT TODAY. ALL AIRPORT POLICE LEAVE WAS CANCELLED AND EXTRA POLICE WERE DRAFTED IN TO HELP THEM.

    SOME OF THE LEADERS WENT TO WESTMINSTER HALL TO JOIN THE HUMAN STREAM WHICH HAS FILED PAST SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL'S COFFIN SINCE YESTERDAY MORNING. BY THIS EVENING, NEARLY 30 HOURS AFTER THE LYING IN STATE BEGAN, NEARLY 150,000 PEOPLE HAD FILED PAST THE BIER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8C7B1OS2E61MTUBX02XXTJQCT
    Media URN:
    VLVA8C7B1OS2E61MTUBX02XXTJQCT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/01/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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