• Short Summary

    REHEARSALS AND PREPARATIONS FOR THE FUNERAL OF SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL ON SATURDAY TOOK PLACE IN LONDON AND OTHER PARTS OF BRITAIN TODAY (TUESDAY).

  • Description

    REHEARSALS AND PREPARATIONS FOR THE FUNERAL OF SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL ON SATURDAY TOOK PLACE IN LONDON AND OTHER PARTS OF BRITAIN TODAY (TUESDAY).

    THROUGHOUT THE DAY, WORK WENT AHEAD PREPARING THE ROUTE THE FUNERAL PROCESSION WILL TAKE, CRUSH CARRIERS WERE ERECTED, FIRST-AID POSTS WERE PUT IN PLACE AND BARRIERS PLACED ACROSS STREETS TO DIVER, ROAD TRAFFIC.

    FOR HOURS THE TROOPS TAKING PART IN THE PROCESSION HAVE BEEN REHEARSING THEIR ROLE. BEFORE DAWN TODAY, COLUMNS OF SOLDIERS, SAILORS AND AIRMEN WERE WINDING THEIR WAY THROUGH THE STILL, DARK STREETS OF LONDON. THE FULL ROUTE WAS COVERED AT THE EARLY HOUR TO PREVENT DISLOCATION OF TRAFFIC.

    EARLY MORNING WORKERS AND OFFICE-CLEANERS WATCHED AS THE ANCIENT GUN-CARRIAGE WAS PULLED ALONG THE PROCESSION ROUTE. HAULED BY 142 SAILORS ACCORDING TO TRADITION, THE GUN-CARRIAGE WAS ESCORTED BY AIRMEN AND SOLDIERS, CARRYING REVERSED ARMS. THE STEP WAS MARKED BY THE SOLITARY BEATING OF MUFFLED DRUM.

    AT ST. PAUL'S, GRENADIER GUARDSMEN CARRIED THE REHEARSAL COFFIN ONCE MORE TO THE BARGE WHICH WILL ON SATURDAY CARRY SIR WINSTON TO FESTIVAL PIER. NEARBY IS WATERLOO STATION, WHERE THE STATESMAN'S BODY WILL BEGIN THE LAST STAGE OF THE JOURNEY TO THE GRAVE.

    IN THE PROCESSION ON SATURDAY AND LINING ITS ROUTE, THERE WILL BE 575 OFFICERS AND 6,508 MEN OF THE FIGHTING SERVICES, FIVE MILITARY BANDS AND 60 PIPERS FROM SCOTTISH AND IRISH REGIMENTS.

    SIR WINSTON'S BODY ARRIVED FOR THE LYING-IN-STATE AT WESTMINSTER HALL TONIGHT. ACCOMPANIED BY MEMBERS OF THE CHURCHILL FAMILY, A CORTEGE OF LIMOUSINES ESCORTED THE HEARSE TO THE HALL WHERE THE BRITISH PEOPLE WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PAY SILENT HOMAGE TO ONE OF THE GREATEST MEN THE RACE HAS PRODUCED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD20O0JD1WBSLYXCZ2WBIZAQSO
    Media URN:
    VLVAD20O0JD1WBSLYXCZ2WBIZAQSO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/01/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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