Christmas 1978 will be memorable for two of the thousands of 'boat people' who have fled from Vietnam in the past year.
SV Christmas decorations in Regent Street, London (TWO SHOTS)
SV TRACKING SHOT INTERIOR West End store filled with shoppers
SV Quyen and Quang Trinh walking round toy store in London
CU Children testing various toys (FOUR SHOTS)
CU Vietnamese children looking at model railway
MCU PAN spinning tops
CU price tag of GBD, 125 on model fire engine. PULL BACK TO the two Vietnamese children seated in fire engine
CU model of Stephenson's Rocket railway engine going round track
MV the two Vietnamese children meeting father Christmas
CU Diamond-encrusted tiara
CU woman wearing earrings and necklace
CU PULL OUT TO SC jewelled kingfishers
MCU toothbrush in gold case
CU elephant being fed at Chessington Zoo by Father Christmas
CU Father Christmas and small children feeding giraffe with banana
CU Father Christmas PULL BACK TO SV penguins receiving fish
GV nurses and mother singing carols round crib containing newly-born baby (TWO SHOTS)
MCU Saint Nicholas outside Westminster Children's Hospital with medical staff viewing from window (TWO SHOTS)
SV Saint Nicholas and young patient on horse
SV two Vietnamese children walking through Trafalgar Square looking at illuminated Christmas tree and floodlit fountains with Christmas carols being sung in background (TWO SHOTS)
The Vietnamese Refugees at the Kensington barracks, including the Buddhists, are expected to celebrate Christmas day with he traditional dinner, consisting of turkey and Christmas pudding. They may soon be joined by other 'boat people', because the British government has said that all Vietnamese refugees picked up by British ships will be given the option of asylum in the United Kingdom. Thirty-four of the Well Park refugees have already been resettled in the Midlands town of Peterborough. Many others have applied to join relatives in Australia, Canada or the United States.
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Background: Christmas 1978 will be memorable for two of the thousands of 'boat people' who have fled from Vietnam in the past year. They are the children of the Trinh family, rescued in the South China Sea in October and sampling the atmosphere of a Christmas in London before moving to a permanent home outside the British capital.
SYNOPSIS: The traditional seasonal decorations in London's Regent Street. This year's lights depict 'The Spirit of Christmas'. Because of cost, there have been no lights for seven years. But money now flows freely in the West End stores.
The toys and decorations are a new experience for Quyen and Quang Trinh. Unlike most of the three hundred and forty-six Vietnamese picked up by the freighter Well Park who are Buddhists, they are Roman Catholics; so they are at least familiar with the celebrations of Christmas.
But while they may recognise the simpler toys on display in the stores, they have probably never seen the likes of this model fire engine. The cost -- nor than one thousand pounds sterling. (2,2250 US dollars). Or this scale model of Stephenson's Rocket, depicting the famous team engine built nearly one hundred and fifty years ago. Toys which the stores hope will end up bringing pleasure to some lucky children.
This diamond-encrusted tiara is undoubtedly destined for an older and very rich customer. Visitors from all over the world come to Britain to buy the jewellery on sale in the shops at Christmas. Most items are decorative, though some, like this gold-cased tooth-brush, have pretensions to practicality.
And Christmas is not just for humans. Since they arrived at Kensington Palace Barracks in London following an emergency operation mounted by the British Council for Aid to Refugees, the Well Park 'boat people' have received Christmas hospitality from all over Britain. Gifts and invitations to parties have been made by organisations ranging from taxi drivers to local mayors.
At a London hospital nurses and the mother of a child born at the beginning of the Christmas period sing carols to celebrate the infant Christ - and the new arrival.
At Westminster Children's Hospital, celebrations centre on the traditional figure of Saint Nicholas, the patron Saint of Christmas whose name has been corrupted to Santa Claus in English-speaking countries. Legends say he performed miracles, saving children from numerous tragedies.
So two months after being rescued from a sinking boat off the coast of Taiwan, Quyen and Quang Trinh find themselves in the middle of a western Christmas at the start of a new life in a strange country.