• Short Summary

    TWENTY COUPLES IN SINGAPORE HAD AN USUALLY LARGE AUDIENCE FOR THEIR WEDDING CEREMONIES YESTERDAY (31 MAY) -- HALF-A-MILLION TELEVISION VIEWERS.

  • Description

    TWENTY COUPLES IN SINGAPORE HAD AN USUALLY LARGE AUDIENCE FOR THEIR WEDDING CEREMONIES YESTERDAY (31 MAY) -- HALF-A-MILLION TELEVISION VIEWERS.

    THE TWENTY BRIDES AND GROOMS ASSEMBLED IN STUNNING GOWNS AND STYLISH SUITS FOR A MASS WEDDING CEREMONY BEFORE SINGAPORE T.V.'S CAMERAS.

    BUT THE WEDDING WASN'T QUITE WHAT IT SEEMED. ALL THE HAPPY COUPLES HAD IN FACT BEEN MARRIED A WEEK OR SO BEFORE IN RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES. FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE CAMERAS, THEY WERE AGAIN PRESENTED WITH THEIR WEDDING CERTIFICATES, CUT THE TRADITIONAL CAKE, DRANK THE TRADITIONAL TOASTS, AND GOT A FEW WELL CHOSEN WORDS OF ADVICE FROM A COUPLE WITH SIXTY YEARS OF MARRIED EXPERIENCE TO DRAW UPON.

    THE SHOW-BUSINESS SPECTACULAR ATMOSPHERE OF THE WHOLE AFFAIR WAS EMPHASISED BY THE SONGS AND TUNES WHICH INTERSPERSED THE EVENTS.

    IT ALL BEGAN TWO MONTHS AGO WHEN SINGAPORE T.V. DECIDED TO HOLD A MASS WEDDING FOR 50 NEEDY COUPLES. THE STATION WAS INUNDATED WITH APPLICATIONS -- 500 IN ALL.

    LACK OF SPACE IN THE HARBOUR FRONT CONFERENCE HALL WHERE THE WEDDINGS WERE DUE TO BE HELD FORCED THEM TO CUT THE LIST DOWN TO 20 COUPLES.

    THESE FINAL TWENTY REPRESENTED A CROSS-SECTION OF SINGAPORE'S MULTI-RACIAL SOCIETY. THERE WERE CHINESE, MALAYS, INDIANS AND EURASIANS, AND EVEN A BRITISH ROYAL MARINE COMMANDO, 27-YEAR-OLD ANTHONY MARLAND, FORM EASTBOURNE, SUSSEX, WHO MARRIED MISS LOW CHWEE THE.

    IN A WEEK'S TIME, THE COUPLES WILL GATHER AGAIN -- THIS TIME FOR A LECTURE ON FAMILY PLANNING.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8FVZE9TZTXA5KB22NWGBNS0QU
    Media URN:
    VLVA8FVZE9TZTXA5KB22NWGBNS0QU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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