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Commemorations to mark 50 years since Sir Winston Churchill's funeral

The flag-draped coffin of Sir Winston Churchill on board the Havengore 30/01/65 Credit: PA Wire

Commemorations will be held on the Thames today to mark 50 years since Sir Winston Churchill's funeral. Havengore will retrace its route down the river with all of the former Prime Minister's family members on board. Tower Bridge will be lifted and a gun salute will take place as it passes HMS Belfast. Officers who were present at his funeral 50 years ago will place a wreath in the water opposite the Palace of Westminster.

Back in 1965, 350 million people watched the televised journey of Havengore carrying the coffin along the Thames.

Green plaque at Churchill's childhood home

A plaque is to be unveiled at Sir Winston Churchill's childhood home of St James's Place. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

A green plaque to honour former British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, is to be unveiled by Westminster City Council.

The plaque, at 29 St James's Place, SW1, commemorates Sir Winston Churchill's childhood home.

He spent time under the care of his nanny at the address before attending boarding school.

Launched in 1991, The Green Plaque Scheme draws attention to particular buildings associated with people of renown who have made lasting contributions to society.


Winston Churchill coin is stolen

Hertfordshire Police have appealed for help in tracing a rare Winston Churchill memorial coin which was stolen from a property in Broxbourne two weeks ago. The coin was taken in its dark blue presentation box along with several other items.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and ask for Hertfordshire Police or call the anonymous service Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The coin, like this one, was stolen from a property in Broxbourne. Credit: Hertfordshire Police
The coin was issued in the year of Churchill's death. Credit: Hertfordshire Police