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Saturday, 31 January 2015

Churchill's Funeral Re-enactment


Fifty years ago this very same boat carried the coffin of Sir Winston Churchill from St Paul's Cathedral  to his final resting place in Oxfordshire.

As a tribute to Britain's war time leader much of the ceremony was re-enacted yesterday.  The same boat travelled along the Thames with all the pomp and ceremony of the original.  Back then a million people lined the streets to watch.  Yesterday many were unaware  of the small boat and its significance, while bemused tourists looking on were simply curious. 

9 comments:

Adullamite said...

"Yesterday many were unaware of the small boat and its significance, while bemused tourists looking on were simply curious."


How fleeting is fame, even for a man who saved the world.

Joanna said...

Until Wednesday I was temping in Minerva House which overlooks the river at London Bridge. I imagine that a good proportion of those working there yesterday had no idea what was happening outside their window. I managed to tell a few before I left though!

Luis Gomez said...

This is such a beautiful shot Mo.

Luis Gomez said...

This is such a beautiful shot Mo.

Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

Good shot, good post. I think Adullamite sums it up very well.

Sharon Anck said...

I'm glad you captured it for us.

Jorge Munoz said...

great picture; though re-enacting a funeral seems unnecessary

William Kendall said...

Quite a beautiful shot, though I do have to agree with Jorge.

Jack said...

Churchill was a giant. It is hard to imagine that he died 50 years ago.

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