A Yugoslav who has been voted Europe's Number I traffic policeman, and who always wanted to try out his skill in London's traffic, got his chance in London's Whitehall on Wednesday (July 22).
CU English policeman directs traffic
SV Dancing policeman towards camera, takes up position in the road.
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SV English policeman helps him in directing traffic
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Background: A Yugoslav who has been voted Europe's Number I traffic policeman, and who always wanted to try out his skill in London's traffic, got his chance in London's Whitehall on Wednesday (July 22).
But he caused a tremendous traffic tangle, because of his habit of practising hallet-dancing while on duty.
Police-constable Jovan Bulj certainly could not be missed by approaching motorists, for he stands 7 ft.. (2.1 metres) from toe to tip of the helmet of his all-white uniform.
His ornate signals and fancy foot work are apparently quite acceptable in Belgrade - where he is a member of an amateur ballet company -- but in London his technique led to total traffic chaos.
As police Constable Cyril Hughes, who tried to sort out the confusion, put it, "his signals are a bit too flowery".
Police had difficulty getting P.C. Bulj to give up his attempt at traffic directing, since he speaks no English, and thought the constables were congratulating him, while in fact they were relieving him from duty.
Perhaps it was just as well that the Belgrade policeman was merely promoting tourism for British European Airway's (B.E.A.) new Trident route between London and Belgrade.