Cuts from newsreel 47/81 - Churchill receives freedom of Brighton.
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Cuts from newsreel 47/81 - Churchill receives freedom of Brighton, East Sussex.
Inside the Great Hall the Mayor Brighton, Alderman TE Morris JP makes a speech while Winston Churchill sits beside him and other dignitaries sit behind the pair. Cuts to the speech, but seems to be about giving Churchill the freedom of Brighton. The audience clap and cheer.
Churchill rises to speak and moves the microphone forward. He is presented with the scroll and casket while photographers take flash pictures. In a hushed voice (not meant for everyone to hear) the Mayor tells Churchill the chair will be sent on to him in due course. Churchill asks quietly "Do I reply now?". He is given a standing ovation.
Churchill makes a speech, talking about receiving the freedom of Brighton. He speaks of his many memories of Brighton from his childhood. He says he was nearly 3 years at school "or rather, in Hove" - laughs from audience. He mentions coming here to see General Montgomery in 1940 when the invasion front was spread along the coastline. Several cuts to the speech. He talks of being faced with hard and very difficult times.
Everyone sings 'For He's A Jolly Good Fellow' to Churchill. Mute shots of him leaving the hall and walking through a park with the Mayor. Police control crowds waiting for a glimpse of Churchill. Churchill gets into an open car. General view of Brighton seen from the sea or pier. Cut back to Churchill talking about seeing a Brighton pier kiosk with sandbags around it that he remembered from his young days as being devoted to the performing fleas! Laughs from the audience.
Mute shots of Churchill driving through the streets of the city in an open car. He inspects men of the Royal Sussex Regiment who formed Guard of Honour. More of Churchill's speech. He concludes his speech (several cuts). The audience give him three cheers.