• Short Summary

    IN LONDON TONIGHT, (SATURDAY) THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS WHICH DECORATE REGENT STREET AND OXFORD STREET IN THE WEST END, WERE SWITCHED ON -- FOR MOST LONDONERS THE BRILLIANT START TO THE FESTIVE SEASON.

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    IN LONDON TONIGHT, (SATURDAY) THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS WHICH DECORATE REGENT STREET AND OXFORD STREET IN THE WEST END, WERE SWITCHED ON -- FOR MOST LONDONERS THE BRILLIANT START TO THE FESTIVE SEASON.

    THE TRADITIONAL SWITCHING ON CEREMONY, DUE TO HAVE TAKEN PLACE LAST THURSDAY, WAS CANCELLED BECAUSE OF THE DEATH OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY.

    REGENT STREET IS A GLITTERING ARCADE OF GIANT SNOWFLAKES AND GARLANDS. FOR THE FIRST TIME THE GIANT DECORATIONS SUSPENDED OVER THE STREET ARE ANIMATED. THE STAR-SHAPED SNOWFLAKES ARE INTERNALLY LIT WITH REVOLVING FACETS GIVING A KALEIDOSCOPIC EFFECT.

    WORK ON CREATING THESE EFFECTS HAVE BEN IN PROGRESS SINCE LAST JANUARY. SHOPS AND THE LARGE DEPARTMENT STORES IN THE STREET HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO COST OF THE DECORATIONS.

    OXFORD STREET NEARBY HAS ALSO BEEN TRANSFORMED. HERE, THERE IS A GAY CHRISTMAS GARDEN, WITH ENORMOUS FANTASY FLOWERS. ICE FLOWERS AND HOLLY SPRINGS HAVE INTERNALLY ILLUMINATED LEAVES AND GLOWING BERRIES.

    WORKMEN HAVE BEEN BUSY FOR SEVERAL WEEKS, WORKING AT NIGHT TO PREVENT DISRUPTING THE HEAVY TRAFFIC IN THE STREETS. HOWEVER WITHIN HOURS OF THE DECORATIONS BEING ILLUMINATED, HUNDREDS OF SIGHTSEERS HAD CAUSED A MASSIVE TRAFFIC JAM...

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF2BD4DW9GQ9BTX1WKYXMYM1FH
    Media URN:
    VLVAF2BD4DW9GQ9BTX1WKYXMYM1FH
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/11/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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