Seven-hundred tourists from the Soviet Union came to London on Sunday (31 May) for a three-day sightseeing holiday.
Seven-hundred tourists from the Soviet Union came to London on Sunday (31 May) for a three-day sightseeing holiday. The tourists had arrived at the Tilbury docks aboard the Soviet cruise ship, Shota Rustayeli. One of the planned stops on their tour was to be the tomb of Karl Marx, in London's Highgate Cemetery. Demonstrators, members of the University Committee for Soviet Jewry, planned a protest against the treatment of Jews in the Soviet Union, when the Soviet tourists visited the tomb.
One of the first stops on the tour, was Buckingham Palace, where they witnessed the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Reporters spoke to one Soviet couple about the tour.
SYNOPSIS: The Soviet cruise ship, Shota Rustayeli, arrived at Tilbury docks near London on Sunday. Aboard were seven-hundred tourists from the Soviet Union, arriving for a three day stay in London.
The tourists boarded several buses for a sightseeing tour of London, which included Victoria Statue and Buckingham Palace. They arrived at the Palace in time for the pageantry of the Changing of the Guard ceremony. For many, this was the first trip to London. The Soviet tourists also planned to visit the tomb of Karl Marx, although a demonstration protestin treatment of jews in the Soviet Union, was planned -- coinciding with their arrival at the cemetery Reporters talked to one couple about the tour.
Following their three-day stay in London, the tourists plan to sail to France and Italy, for the completion of their tour.