• Short Summary

    THIS IS A NEW METHODIST CHURCH IN SINGAPORE DEDICATED TO THE HAKKA COMMUNITY OF CHINESE ORIGIN.

  • Description

    THIS IS A NEW METHODIST CHURCH IN SINGAPORE DEDICATED TO THE HAKKA COMMUNITY OF CHINESE ORIGIN. HAKKA IS A PROVINCE IN THE CHINESE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC.

    TODAY (THURSDAY), THE SINGAPORE-BASED ROYAL AIR FORCE WAS GIVEN THE TASK OF LOWERING A 1,000-POUND ALUMINIUM CROSS INTO A HOLE IN THE CHURCH'S 75-FOOT CONCRETE TOWER WITH ONLY A QUARTER OF AN INCH CLEARANCE.

    THE DELICATE OPERATION WAS UNDERTAKEN BY A BELVEDERE HELICOPTER, PILOTED BY WING COMMANDER JOHN BOWLING.

    IT TOOK ABOUT 30 MINUTES FOR THE 18-FOOT TUBE ATTACHED TO THE BASE OF THE CROSS TO BE FITTED INTO THE CONCRETE TOWER.

    TO WING COMMANDER BOWLING, WHO CAREFULLY EASED THE HELICOPTER INTO POSITION ABOVE THE TOWER ADJOINING THE CHURCH, THE TASK WAS "NOT PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT".

    HE WAS ONE OF THE THREE PILOTS, WHO SEVERAL YEARS AGO, PLACED THE SPIRE AND SCULPTURE ATOP THE NEW CONVENTRY CATHEDRAL IN ENGLAND WHEN THE CLEARANCE WAS EVEN LESS AND THE CROSS MORE FRAGILE.

    THE NEW HAKKA METHODIST CHURCH IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF NEXT MONTH.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADN9N2MKDPQAFXU57I72VUL09G
    Media URN:
    VLVADN9N2MKDPQAFXU57I72VUL09G
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/12/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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