Special newspaper is a fitting record of state funeral 50 years ago

Brian Mercer with the special edition of The Sunday Times SUS-150127-143145001
Brian Mercer with the special edition of The Sunday Times SUS-150127-143145001

ANNIVERSARY events of Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral sent a reader looking through his historic newspapers.

Brian Mercer was given a copy of the Churchill memorial issue of The Sunday Times the day after the former prime minister’s funeral in 1965.

The 16-page broadsheet edition covers the momentous occasion 50 years ago in great depth.

One of its reports sets out the importance of that day - January 30 - in two sentences the important of the funeral in St Paul’s Cathedral: “For that half-hour, that mathematical point where the crosses of our flag met, at the crux of St paul’s transept beneath the dome, was the world’s centre.

“The worshippers had converged from the ends of the earth to do him homage, from the Commonwealth of every clime and colour, and from the nations of former enemies no less than allies.”

Mr Mercer, 80, of Brazwick Avenue, North Bersted, said: “It’s fascinating looking through the paper. The coverage is brilliant.

“The photo on the front page is the same as the scene on television.”

He was given the paper about four years ago by his daughter and son-in-law. Theyfound it during a house clearance they bought for their secondhand shop.