Today (Monday) was Wellington's Anniversary Day and the country's capital was on holiday. For over?
Today (Monday) was Wellington's Anniversary Day and the country's capital was on holiday. For over a week New Zealanders had followed Sir Winston's illness and naturally enough much of the reaction had spent itself during those waiting days. The news of his death reached New Zealand at about 8.35 on Sunday night and radio and television programmes were immediately interrupted for the announcement and tributes to the statesman.
Wellington was quiet this morning with many people making the most of the long weekend and getting out of the city. Across the city the most obvious signs of Sir Winston's death were the flags of about twenty countries floating at half most in the breeze that cooled a scorching summer day.
Dinghies competing in the Cornwall Cup raced with black ribbons flying as a mark of respect. The Cornwall Cup is an annual event in New Zealand, where teenagers from throughout the country compete for a prize named after John Travers Cornwall....the boy V.C. from the Battle of Jutland.
Being a holiday many Wellingtonians were at the big summer race meeting. Here too half hoisted flags dominated the event.
Both the evening and morning paper in the city had been thrashing vast quantities of copy out of the Churchill story eight days before he died and for this reason when he did eventually die there was little left to do with the story. 80 per cent of the Dominion's front page was devoted to Churchill while the evening Post gave it an ever greater coverage.