• Short Summary

    LONDON GAVE MAJOR YURI GAGARIN, WORLD'S FIRST SPACEMAN, A HERO'S WELCOME WHEN HE FLEW INTO THE CAPITAL JULY 11 ON A THREE-DAY VISIT.

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    LONDON GAVE MAJOR YURI GAGARIN, WORLD'S FIRST SPACEMAN, A HERO'S WELCOME WHEN HE FLEW INTO THE CAPITAL JULY 11 ON A THREE-DAY VISIT. IT WAS A DAY OF TRIUMPH AND BOUQUETS FOR THE SMILING, 27-YEAR-OLD RUSSIAN FROM THE MOMENT HE STEPPED FROM A SOVIET TU104 JETLINER AT LONDON AIRPORT TO BE GREETED BY SOVIET AMBASSADOR ALEXANDER SOLDATOV AND A SENIOR OFFICIAL OF THE BRITISH SCIENCE MINISTRY.

    THEN THE SOVIET ASTRONAUT, WEARING AN AIR FORCE MAJOR'S UNIFORM, STEPPED INTO AN OPEN ROLLS ROYCE WITH HIS INITIALS ON THE NUMBER PLATE, AND DROVE THROUGH STREETS LINED WITH CHEERING CROWDS TO THE SOVIET EMBASSY IN THE HEART OF LONDON. LATER, BIGGER CROWDS MOBBED HIM WHEN HE VISITED THE SOVIET TRADE EXHIBITION FOR AN OFFICIAL LUNCH. ON THE MENU: GAGARIN GRAPEFRUIT COCKTAIL. AT THE LUNCHEON, BRITISH AIR MINISTER JULIAN AMERY HAILED MAJOR GAGARIN AS "A NEW COLUMBUS."
    NEXT CAME A MAMMOTH PRESS CONFERENCE AT WHICH THE BRITISH INTER-PLANETARY SOCIETY PRESENTED HIM WITH THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF GOLD MEDALS TO BE AWARDED TO THOSE MAKING GREAT CONTRIBUTIONS IN ASTRONAUTICS. THE AWARD WAS PINNED ON THE SPACEMAN'S TUNIC ALONGSIDE A HOST OF OTHER AWARDS, INCLUDING THE STAR OF THE HERO OF THE SOVIET UNION.

    ON JULY 14 MAJOR GAGARIN WILL DINE WITH QUEEN ELIZABETH AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE - A LAST MINUTE INVITATION THAT ENDED OFFICIAL DITHERING OVER WHICH GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL SHOULD GREET THE ASTRONAUT ON ARRIVAL. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS OF HIS VISIT INCLUDE A TRIP TO MANCHESTER TO RECEIVE A MEDAL FROM THE AMALGAMATED UNION OF FOUNDRY WORKERS (GAGARIN WAS ONCE A FOUNDRYMAN), AND A MEETING WITH PRIME MINISTER HAROLD MACMILLAN AT THE HOUSE OF COMMONS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABN77ULPLDMZAEC5G1KH7U6D6J
    Media URN:
    VLVABN77ULPLDMZAEC5G1KH7U6D6J
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/07/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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