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Churchill's Funeral

Memorable home-movie showing the crowds in London watching Winston Churchill’s funeral procession as it travels down the Thames by boat.

Amateur film 1965 5 mins Silent

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Winston Churchill’s funeral on 30 January 1965 was a remarkable state occasion, with the coffin passing through London and then down the Thames to the accompaniment of military bands and an RAF flypast. The mood is neatly captured on this home movie, which shows the crowds lining the streets and bridges to watch the event, Londoners almost universally clad in black and huddled against the cold. It’s a fascinating first-hand glimpse of a sober and dignified state ceremony.