• Short Summary

    Comedian and television personality, Michael Bentine, was awarded the Order of Merit in the grade of Commander by the Peruvian Ambassador to Britain, His Excellency Adhemer Montagne in London on Thursday (October 22).

  • Description

    Comedian and television personality, Michael Bentine, was awarded the Order of Merit in the grade of Commander by the Peruvian Ambassador to Britain, His Excellency Adhemer Montagne in London on Thursday (October 22).

    Michael Bentine, whose father was born in Peru, was himself born in England and educated at Eton, the famous public school. One of his longstanding jokes is that he is the "only blue-eyed peruvian" in Britain.

    But although he often refers to his parental birthright as a foil for comedy, he holds a strong loyalty to the Peruvian nation - a fact made clear when Peru suffered a massive earthquake at the end of last May.

    Casualties amounted to many dead and thousands injured and homeless. Bentine, very much moved by the suffering brought by a quirk of nature, appeared on British television in a special appeal programme to give aid to the despairing peoples of the land of his father.

    That appeal raised more than one-quarter of a million sterling from a sympathetic British public.

    At the Peruvian Embassy in London in the presence of high ranking Peruvian dignitaries and officials and with his family close by, Bentine was told by His Excellency the Ambassador that the television appeal was a "magnificent" effort and did great service to Peru. It also showed the warmth of heart of the British public.

    Accepting the award of Merit for distinguished services, Bentine said that it belonged as much to the British public who gave so generously as it did to him.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB7E35IWDRSMX67EZVFGCJ11TY
    Media URN:
    VLVAB7E35IWDRSMX67EZVFGCJ11TY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/10/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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