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    BRITISH PRIME MINISTER MR. HAROLD WILSON TODAY (TUESDAY) OFFICIALLY OPENED AN ELABORATE AND PERSUASIVE DISPLAY?

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    WILSON AND GROUP; VARIOUS SCENES EXHIBITS.




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    Background: BRITISH PRIME MINISTER MR. HAROLD WILSON TODAY (TUESDAY) OFFICIALLY OPENED AN ELABORATE AND PERSUASIVE DISPLAY OF SOVIET SCIENTIFIC ACHIEVEMENT IN EARL'S COURT, IN LONDON. MOST OF THE EXHIBITS CONCENTRATED ON SPACE AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY, ALTHOUGH THERE WERE PLACES FOR CONSUMER GOODS LIKE TOYS, BOOKS, FOOD, DRINK, PERFUMES, CARS, TELEVISIONS AND WATCHES.

    THE OPENING CEREMONY WAS RESTRICTED TO INVITED GUESTS, WHO INCLUDED MR. WILSON AND THE TRADE MINISTERS OF THE SOVIET UNION AND BRITAIN. OUTSIDE, SEVERAL HUNDRED PEOPLE QUEUED IN THE RAIN, WAITING FOR THE DOORS TO BE THROWN OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

    SOME OF THE CONSUMER GOODS WERE FOR SALE, AND A RETAIL STORE WITHIN THE EXHIBITION WAS REPORTED TO BE DOING GOOD BUSINESS.

    BUT DOMINATING THE WHOLE EXHIBITION WAS A DAZZLING DISPLAY OF SOVIET SPACESHIPS, SPUTNIKS AND SPACE EQUIPMENT. IT INCLUDED THE ACTUAL CAPSULE WHICH CARRIED YURI GAGARIN ON THE WORLD'S FIRST MANNED SPACE FLIGHT IN 1961. THE SOVIET ORGANISERS AND THE 250 ENGLISH-SPEAKING STAFF THEY HAVE BROUGHT TO LONDON WITH THEM STRESSED HOW THE LESSONS OF SPACE FLIGHTS COULD BE USED TO "MAKE LIFE BETTER" FOR THE ORDINARY MAN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA840RE5TJFESSS7V4R9DQGT2HD
    Media URN:
    VLVA840RE5TJFESSS7V4R9DQGT2HD
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/08/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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