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    Westminster Hall, London, England: SV Sir Winston Churchill arrives in Westminster Hall & is greeted by House Committee. GV Churchill talking & shaking hands with various members. Closer V Ditto. BV Churchill walks down steps to platform. GV Churchill down steps to platform & greeted by Speaker of the House of Commons & the Lord Chancellor, Sir David Maxwell Fyfe. Closer V Ditto. BV V.I.Ps. on platform with crowds in b-g. SV Mr. Attlee speaks:-(Nat.sd.)- LV Ditto:-(Nat.sd.)-Portrait is unveiled pan up to portrait. FCU Portrait of Winston Churchill. BV Mr. Grenfell, Father of the House, speaks:-(Nat.sd.)-he presents book & shakes hands with Churchill. SV & LV Ditto. SV, CU, Churchill turning pages of Book. LV Sir Winston Churchill speaks:-(Nat.sd.)-Dubbing shot GV People listening. SCU Churchill speaks:-(Nat.sd.) SV Attlee seated laughing. SV Churchill continues:-(Nat.sd.)



    Churchill's speech dubbed from tape recording.-CU The Book. CU Book with pages being turned. CU Book showing passage 'To Sir Winston L.S. Churchill' CU Page of book. LGV Churchill. GV Audience. SCU Churchill continues:-(Nat.sd.) GV Pan From Churchill to people. GV men wearing wigs leading Churchill off platform with Lady Churchill. SV Sir Winston & Lady Churchill down steps. LV Churchills thru crowd of people in Hall. SV Sir Winston & Lady Churchill, ditto.



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    SV Mr. Clement Attlee speaks:- "Prime Minister. I have been charged by my colleagues on this your 80th birthday with the pleasant duty of offering you, on behalf of the Members of both Houses of Parliament, congratulations and good wishes for many happy returns of the day, I am further to present to you your portrait painted by Mr. Graham Sutherland. This is a unique occasion when, in an interval of the Parliamentary battle, friends & foes lay aside their weapons and unite in honouring one of their number."



    LV..."You will realise that I should be in breach of my duty as Leader of the Opposition were I to wish you long continuance in your present office (laughter), but may I hope that you will live to see the beginning of an era of peace in the world after the storms which it has been your lot to encounter. 'Old age hath yet his honour and his toil..some work of noble note may yet be done.' On behalf of Both Houses of Parliament, Prime Minister, I ask you to accept this portrait." (Portrait is unveiled & applause)



    BV Mr. David Grenfell speaks:-"I gradly join my colleagues in presenting this token of our united wishes for many years of health & peaceful co-existence with your friends here at home and abroad." (applause)-he present Book & shakes hands... [QUERY]



    Westminster Hall, London, England: LV Sir Winston L.S. Churchill speaks:- "Mr. Speaker, Your Graces, My Lords, Ladies & Gentlemen: This is to me the most memorable occasion of my life. No-one has ever received a similar/mark of honour before/" THere has not been anything like it in British history and indeed, I doubt whether any of the modern democracies abroad has shown such a degree of kindness & generosity to a party politician who has not yet retired (laughter) And, and, may at any time be involved in controversy. And it is indeed the most striking example that I have ever known of that characteristic British parliamentary principle cherished in both Lords and Commons - don't bring politics into private life. (laughter) SCU..."I am most grateful to Mr. Attlee for the agreeable words he has used about me this morning, and for the magnanimous appraisal he has given to my variegated career. I must confess, however, that this ceremony with all its charm & splendour may well be found to have seriously affected my controversial value as a party politician." (laughter)-SCU Attlee laughing.



    SV..."The portrait is a remarkable example of modern art. (laugh long sustained) It certainly combines force and candour. There are qualities which no active member of either house can do without or should fear to meet. (laughter)



    Speech of Churchill's dubbed from tape over scenes:- "The care and thought that has been devoted to this beautiful volume, and the fact that it bears the signatures of all my fellow Members deeply touches me, & may I say that I thoroughly understand the position of those who felt it their duty to abstain. (laughter) I shall treasure it as long as I live, and my family and descendants will regard it as a most precious possession." SCU..."Who would not be proud to have this happen to him & yet at the same time I never was more sure of how far it goes beyond what I deserve. I am nearing the end of my journey. I hope I still have some services to render. However, that may be, and whatever may befall I am sure I shall never forget the emotions of this day or be able fully to express my gratitude to those colleagues and companions with whom I have lived my life, for this wonderful honour they have done me." (applause)



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    Tape recording of Churchill's speech:-



    "The value of such a tribute is that it should be free and spontaneous. Never was more sure of how far it goes beyond what I deserve. I was very glad when Mr. Attlee described my speeches in the late war in expressing, will, not only of Parliament but of the rest of the nation. I have never accepted what many people have kindly said, namely that I inspired the nation, there will was resolute and resourceless & as it proved, unconquerable. It fell to me to express it, and if I found the right words you must remember that I have always earned my living by my pen & by my tongue. (laughter) It was the nation and the rates dwelling all round the globe that had the lion heart, I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar. (laughter & applause) I also hope that I sometimes suggested to the lion the right place to use its claws."



    ENGLAND: CHURCHILL PRESENTATION. Historic scenes in Westminster Hall where Premier received 80th birthday gift from Parliamentary colleagues. Madam Floris, London, England CU Cake revolving.



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    CU Sir Winston Churchill's cake, it starts to revolve., showing wording on it 'WE SHALL NOT LOOK UPON HIS LIKE AGAIN' & HE IS A MAN TAKE HIM FOR ALL IN ALL' SV Another cake. CU Cake 'A THOUSAND YEARS HENCE FREE PEOPLES WILL SAY THIS WAS OUR FINEST MAN' CU Another part of cake showing wording '12.9.1908 & I LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTERWARDS'



    ENGLAND: CHURCHILL PRESENTATION. Historic scenes in Westminster Hall where Premier receives 80th birthday gift from Parliamentary colleagues. 10, Downing St., London, England CU Sir Winston Churchill's cake revolving. SV Sir Winston Churchill coming out of No. 10, & walking towards car. Pan V Car driving thru crowd of press photogs. to GV Car moving down street with crowds.



    GOOD SCENES.



    SV Model of Chartwell in flowers at door of No. 10, & is taken in. SCU Case of wine going into No. 10. CU Floral gift. SV Ditto, into No. 10.



    Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965), Personalities - Politicians; Celebrations - Anniversaries (Personal), Buildings, Landmarks and Monuments; Great Britain




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    Film ID:
    VLVAE6UNBJYI7FFZEPOG20GACIZXP
    Media URN:
    VLVAE6UNBJYI7FFZEPOG20GACIZXP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/11/1954
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MXF
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:08:14:00
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    /
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    N/A

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