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    AMERICAN EVANGELIST BILLY GRAHAM HELD THE FINAL RALLY IN HIS MONTH LONG CRUSADE IN LONDON AT THE VAST WEMBLEY ???

  • Description

    AMERICAN EVANGELIST BILLY GRAHAM HELD THE FINAL RALLY IN HIS MONTH LONG CRUSADE IN LONDON AT THE VAST WEMBLEY ???ER STADIUM ON SATURDAY NIGHT. IT WAS BRITAIN'S BIGGEST-EVER RELIGIOUS GATHERING AND EXTRA POLICE WERE BROUGHT IN TO CONTROL THE 100,000 CROWD.

    WHEN HE ARRIVED IN LONDON THE 47-YEAR-OLD PREACHER SAID THAT BRITONS - LIKE AMERICANS - HAD GIVEN UP WORSHIPPING GOD FOR THE FEMALE BOSOM. BUT AFTER A CLOSER LOOK AT "SWINGING LONDON", WITH ITS FASHION AND "POP" CRAZY TEENAGERS, GRAHAM DECLARED THERE WAS HOPE FOR THE FUTURE.

    THUNDERING INTO THE MICROPHONE HE SAID THERE WAS A SPIRITUAL VACUUM WHICH NEEDED TO BE FILLED. IT WAS NOT TRUE THAT ENGLAND WAS WINGING ALONG THE PATH TO DECADENCE. GRAHAM TOLD HIS AUDIENCE THAT OVER 70 PER CENT OF THOSE AT HIS RALLIES, RELAYED BY CLOSED-CIRCUIT TELEVISION TO TEN OTHER CITIES, HAD BEEN YOUNG PEOPLE. A FOREST OF WHITE PROGRAMMES FLUTTERED AROUND THE STADIUM WHEN HE ASKED THOSE UNDER 25 TO SHOW WHERE THEY WERE.

    A 3,000 STRONG CHOIR FROM LONDON SUBURBAN CHURCHES SANG WELL-KNOWN HYMNS, AND NEGRO ACTRESS ETHEL WATERS SANG SPIRITUALS, AS GRAHAM ASKED HIS AUDIENCE TO TAKE THE "LAST STEP INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN". OVER 3,000 CAME FORWARD - MEN WOMEN AND CHILDREN STREAMING DOWN THE GANGWAYS AND SURROUNDING THE CARNATION-DECKED ROSTRUM.

    GRAHAM SAID THE LONG TERM EFFECTS OF HIS MESSAGE DEPENDED ON SYSTEMATIC FOLLOW-UP WORK BY LOCAL CHURCHES. HE PLANS TO RETURN TO BRITAIN IN THE AUTUMN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACI57J3NW6OYNNWTI4733SU1S6
    Media URN:
    VLVACI57J3NW6OYNNWTI4733SU1S6
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/07/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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