• Short Summary

    MRS. THERESE HOUPHOUET-BOIGNY, WIFE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE IVORY COAST, WAS GUEST OF HONOUR?

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    MRS. THERESE HOUPHOUET-BOIGNY, WIFE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE IVORY COAST, WAS GUEST OF HONOUR ON WEDNESDAY (31 JANUARY) AT CEREMONIES TO LAUNCH A NEW CAR FERRY SERVICE ON THE EBRIE LAGOON. THE FERRY IS BASED ON SONG TE, AND WILL BEING A MUCH-NEEDED SERVICE TO THE PEOPLE WHO PLY THE LAKE'S 120 KILOMETRES (75 MILES).

    MRS. HOUPHOUET-BOIGNY ARRIVED BY HELICOPTER, HAVING FLOWN IN FROM ABIDJAN. LARGE MEMBERS OF DANCERS WELCOMED HER WITH FLAGS AND BANNERS OF CELEBRATION. THEN AFTER MEETING THE OFFICIALS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CREATION OF THE NEW FERRY, MRS. HOUHPOUET-BOIGNY CHRISTENED THE BOAT WITH A MAGNUM OF CHAMPAGNE - 'CORDON ROUGE 65' FOR THE EXPERTS. HUGE NUMBERS STRUGGLED TO MAKE THE FIRST TRIP AFTER THE PRESIDENT'S WIFE HAD CUT THE RIBBON LEADING TO THE LANDING STAGE, AND THERE WERE SEVERAL WHO WERE DISAPPOINTED. HOWEVER, THERE WILL BE MANY MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO TAKE THE NEW BOAT TO ABIDJAN.

    THE NEW FERRY, WHICH REPLACES ONE THAT HAS ALREADY GIVEN MANY YEARS OF SERVICE ON THE SITE, IS CALLED THE 'JACQUEVILLE' - NAMED AFTER THE TOWN BEYOND THE LAGOON WHICH WILL BENEFIT MOST BY THE FERRY'S INTRODUCTION. COPRA TRADE AND CULTIVATION WILL INCREASE, AND JACQUEVILLE'S BEACHES WILL BE OPENED UP TO DAY-TRIPPERS FROM ABIDJAN. THE FOUR-SCREW FERRY, WHICH PROVIDES DRIVE-ON DRIVE-OFF DOCKING, DOES THE CROSSING IN 15 MINUTES. IT WAS BUILT IN ABIDJAN AT THE CARENA SHIPYARD, AND IS THE 20TH FERRY TO BE PUT INTO SERVICE BY THE MINISTRY OF PUBLIC WORKS.

    THE INTRODUCTION OF A MODERN CAR FERRY IS A VITAL STEP IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE REGIONS BEYOND THE LAGOONS. FOR THE TOWNS, VILLAGES, AND PLANTATIONS THAT BORDER THE LAKE, THE JOURNEY TO THE NEAREST BIG CENTRE OF ABIDJAN IS NOW A SIMPLE MATTER OF SLIPPING ONTO A BOAT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAATUBGA5LMGORDBLXSCJO8HSW
    Media URN:
    VLVAATUBGA5LMGORDBLXSCJO8HSW
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/02/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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