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    With eleven months to go before Expo '67 opening day, construction of the British Pavilion is already well advanced.

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    11.30 a.m. H.E. Pierre Dupuy, Sir William Oliver, Sir Basil Spence and party arrive.

    11.35 a.m. H.E. Pierre Dupuy, Sir William, Sir Basil, Senior McAlpine executive and two employees onto platform.

    McAlpine executive introduces Mr. F. Therrien and Mr. J. Gertch to remainder of party on platform.

    Mr. F. Therrien, Job Superintendent, makes short speech on behalf of the men and Company, ends by handling bolt to Sir William.

    Sir William replies and calls on Sir Basil Spence to pass the bolt to the "spiderman" who will then ascend the tower accompanied by a Scottish piper.

    11.45 a.m. Mr. J. Gertch ascends tower, approximately four minutes and when the last bolt is home, unfurls the Union Flag at the top, at this point, roll on drums.

    Man descends tower accompanied by pipes.

    11.55 a.m. On reaching platform, mugs of beer are presented by Sir William to two employees and beer and sandwiches dispensed to all other guests.

    Sir William proposes the toast and makes official announcement.

    12.00 noon Sir William and party leave site.


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    Background: With eleven months to go before Expo '67 opening day, construction of the British Pavilion is already well advanced. The "topping-out" of the Pavilion's two-hundred foot tower - one of Expo's most striking landmarks - will take place at 11.30 a.m. on Friday, May 27.

    In the presence of the British Commissioner General, Sir William Oliver, and the architect of the Pavilion, Sir Basil Spence, the last bolt in the tower will be put in place in a simple but colourful ceremony. The guests will then be invited to join the workmen on the site in a "British working-man's lunch" of beer and sandwiches, during which a toast will be drunk in English beer from a barrel specially imported for the event.

    It is expected that Sir William Oliver will make some new announcement about the British participated in Expo '67.

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