Britain's Royal Air Force made a sunset withdrawal from Ad Steamer Point on Thursday (26th October).
Highlanders' Band marches; officials watch; band plays; R.A.F flag lowered and furled; sunset, (NATURAL SOUND THROUGHOUT).
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Background: Britain's Royal Air Force made a sunset withdrawal from Ad Steamer Point on Thursday (26th October). This further step in relaxation of British rule comes among wide speculation that Britain may leave Aden much earlier than its January 9th deadline.
Britain's Air Force left gracefully, to the music of the Queen's Own Hussars and the Argyll and ?Sutherland Highlanders. In an important role in the withdrawal was the R.A.F. commanding on Wing Commander R.A. Farrands, who thanked the Army regiments for honour they paid his men on this historic occasion.
The British High Commissioner, Sir Humphrey Trevelyan, had just returned to Aden from talks in London, during which he is ??? to have urged an earlier granting of independence. This may be ??? three of four weeks. Certainly Abdullah Al Khameri, a top leader the National Liberation Front, has declared that his country is willing to accept earlier independence. Many feel that this possibility of imminent withdrawal might persuade nationalist for to form the coalition government they have so far failed to ??? upon.