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    THE PRIME MINISTER OF MALTA, DR BORG OLIVIER, OFFICIALLY OPENED THE 14TH LONDON BOAT SHOW TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

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    DR. BORG OLIVER OPENING SHOW AND LOOKING ROUND EXHIBITS; MEETING SIR FRANCIS AND LADY CHICHESTER; PRESENTATION OF MODEL GOZO; DR. OLIVIER TOURS EXHIBITION.




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    Background: THE PRIME MINISTER OF MALTA, DR BORG OLIVIER, OFFICIALLY OPENED THE 14TH LONDON BOAT SHOW TODAY (WEDNESDAY). CENTREPIECE OF THE SHOW IN THE EARLS COURT EXHIBITION HALL IS A COLOURFUL RECONSTRUCTION OF A MALTESE HARBOUR - COMPLETE WITH ELEGANT ARCHWAYS, TROPICAL PALMS, AND CHARACTERISTIC MALTESE BOATS.

    THE BRIEF OPENING CEREMONY OVER, DR. OLIVIER SPENT TWICE THE PLANNED TIME IN TOURING THE SHOW. HIS LONGEST CALL WAS AT THE WALK-THROUGH REPLICA OF GIPSY MOTH IV - THE BOAT IN WHICH SIR FRANCIS CHICHESTER MADE A 226 DAY CIRCUIT OF THE WORLD. HE CHATTED FOR SOME TIME TO SIR FRANCIS AND HIS WIFE, ENJOYED A WELCOMING DRINK, AND PRESENTED THE LONE SAILOR WITH A BEUTIFULLY MADE SILVER MODEL OF A TRADITIONAL MALTESE GOZO.

    IT WAS A DAY FOR ISLANDERS AND LOVERS OF THE SEA. DR. OLIVIER SPOKE, HE SAID, IN HIS OPENING SPEECH 'AS AN ISLANDER TALKING TO ISLANDERS'. HE CONTINUED: '...WE CAN ARGUE HEADS OFF ABOUT BOATS DR OCEANS, BUT WE ALL, FOR SOME CURIOUS REASON, LOVE PUTTING OUT TO SEA.' HE SPOKE ALSO OF MALTA'S LONG MARITIME HISTORY, POINTING OUT THAT ST. PAUL AS SHIPWRECKED ON HER SHORES. HE PRESUMED, SMILINGLY, THAT THE CRAFTSMANSHIP AT THIS BOAT SHOW WOULD BE BETTER THAN THAT OF ST. PAUL'S BOAT.

    DR. OLIVIER VISITED MANY OTHER STANDS, AND SHOWED GREAT INTEREST I??? THE 700 BOATS, CRUISERS, AND YACHTS DISPLAYED AROUND THE HARBOUR CENTREPIECE. SPEAKING OF THE HARBOUR HE REMARKED: 'MY TWO BOYS WOULD HAVE LOVED IT.'
    WHILE IN BRITAIN, DR. OLIVIER IS EXPECTED TO DISCUSS MANY OF MALTA'S ECONOMIC PROBLEMS WITH SEVERAL GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAJLFV6LC0MKX5X2WBR1RZHSWH
    Media URN:
    VLVAJLFV6LC0MKX5X2WBR1RZHSWH
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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