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  1. Events were held to mark the 50th anniversary of wartime leader Winston Churchill's funeral
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By Aiden James, Angela Harrison, Kerry Alexandra and Bernadette McCague

All times stated are UK

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That's all from us tonight, at the end of the first week of our live online reporting of general election news. Today many politicians joined those marking the

50th anniversary of the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill - an event which stirred memories for many readers. The boat that carried the former prime minister's coffin along the Thames in 1965 repeated the journey, with members of his family among those on board. Prime Minister David Cameron laid a wreath in memory of the World War Two leader, whom he called "a great leader and great Briton" and an evening service was held at Westminster Abbey.

We will be back on Sunday from 08:00 GMT.

Winston Churchill making a speech

Express front page


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Express front page
Daily Express

Saturday Guardian


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Guardian front page
The Guardian

Times front page


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Times front page
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Emma Verey

emails: I was 11. I remember it all very vividly. We went first, my parents, brother and I, to his lying in, very early before school. I remember getting up in the dark. It was very cold, very sombre and even at 7am, when we got there, I remember Big Ben, a long silent snake of people waiting to file in. We watched the funeral procession leaning out of first floor windows from rooms in the ShellMex building along the Strand, all dressed in dark tidy clothes and with none of the party noise and atmosphere you would normally expect a gathering of people to generate. I will never forget the sight of the crowds bowing their heads and the men taking off their hats as the gun carriage passed and then us all turning inside to follow it on television which in itself seemed very strange. Even as children we knew it was a day for silence and a day to remember. I can't believe it was 50 years ago.

Greek debt

BBC Newsnight

BBC Two, 22:30

Greece's finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, told BBC Newsnight his country was "asking for a few short weeks to put together sensible proposals that minimise cost to European taxpayers".

Ian Katz, Editor, BBC Newsnight


tweets: Greek finance min @yanisvaroufakis: "This is not a question of take it or leave it or ultimata or who is going to blink first" #newsnight

Cameron next?

Channel 4

Nick Clegg is asked which other politician he would like to face questions on The Last Leg. "David Cameron," he replies instantly.

Tuition fees

Channel 4

On The Last Leg TV programme on Channel 4, Nick Clegg is asked how bad he feels, on a scale of one to 10, about the coalition's policy on tuition fees. "I'm not Prime Minister and you can't do everything you want," the deputy PM says. When pressed, he responds: "Nine and a half."

Funeral train

Sir Winston Churchill funeral train arrives at Oxford
Phil Peel

Phil Peel was a schoolboy when Sir Winston Churchill's funeral train passed through Oxford. Phil tells us: "I was at school in Oxford, so cycled to the station. People were standing on the tracks as the train with Winston Churchill's coffin passed. It was very hushed, but I think the Oxford church bells were ringing."

Clegg on Last Leg

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is this week's guest on Channel 4 comedy The Last Leg tonight. Asked how other politicians view his decision to appear on the show, he answered: "Brave, which usually means foolish."

Nick Clegg
Jeff Overs/BBC

Simon Bull

emails: I was nine when the great man died. Our family business, T H Bull & Sons Ltd, was one of the London wholesale newsagents, and so we had contacts in Fleet Street. My father took me and my younger brother to the Daily Express building in Fleet Street, and we watched the funeral procession from the first floor windows.

I remember how quiet the crowds were, absolutely silent as the gun carriage went by; just the crunch on the sand as the wheels passed along the road. The occasional order from an officer, and the slow march of the sailors is also a vivid memory. It also stuck in my mind seeing people remove their hats as the carriage moved past them.

Honours shake-up?

Scottish Daily Mail

The Scottish Daily Mail says the Prince of Wales wants to shake-up the honours system because awards are going to the "wrong people for the wrong reasons".

Scottish Daily Mail
Scottish Daily Mail

James Shelley

emails: I was not born till 1972, but my trumpet teacher talked about how he played the last post at his funeral. He was recalled from duties in Germany with the army days before his death was announced to rehearse.

Bernadette Willis

emails: My memory was as a seven year old, watching the funeral with my family on black and white television in rural South Australia. My parents wanted us to watch it - a State funeral of a great man, notwithstanding the Gallipoli campaign. I remembered being completely overawed by the carriages and the nodding cranes - although I did not understand the significance of the occasion or the man until later in life. Very moving to be working in the City of London on this day so many years later.

Financial Times


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FT weekend front page

Nick Sutton


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Daily Telegraph front page
Daily Telegraph

'Miracle' mother


tweets: Saturday's Daily Mirror: "Mother of all miracles" (via @suttonnick) #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers

Daily Mirror front page
Daily Mirror

Marilyn Gleason

emails: I can vividly remember Winston Churchill's funeral as it was televised live across the nation here in the United States. My father was in the Army Air Force during World War II, and we had great respect and admiration for Churchill's leadership of his country during that war. We lived in a tiny town in rural Iowa then and everyone watched this event with great thankfulness for his life and sadness at his passing. As his mother was American, we felt a special bond with him in that respect as well.

I think this country would equate his funeral and the intense feelings of sadness it generated across our country to that of FDR's and Eisenhower's whose passing our country deeply mourned for thirty days. With sincere affection to the British people as they remember and celebrate the life of this extraordinary man.


The Independent

Early editions of the Saturday papers are arriving.

The Independent reports claims from an American official that terror suspects held by the CIA were interrogated on the British territory of Diego Garcia "despite the repeated denials of London and Washington".

The Independent

Tony Potter

emails: I was born in may 58 so was six years and nine months. I remember clearly watching the funeral live on black and white TV with my father and he explaining about Churchill. I still have a Churchill crown coin issued afterwards. I must have been inspired as later on I joined the army for 36 years!!

All-party groups

BBC Parliament

As the parties clash over the NHS and the election battle lines are drawn, here's a reminder that MPs on different sides can find common ground and work together - sometimes. BBC Parliament's Alasdair Rendall reports for the Week in Parliament on the work of

all-party parliamentary groups. You can watch
the Week in Parliament in full on BBC Parliament at 23:00 GMT tonight.

Houses of Parliament

Eva Boutellier-Haller

emails: My father was the UK correspondent for Swiss-German TV and radio for many years and had the honour of doing the commentary (the Swiss David Dimbleby!) for Sir Winston Churchill's funeral. I was then 22 and working in the French speaking part so had to watch the funeral with French commentary. I remember my father saying it was the most memorable and moving broadcast he had ever done, and I remember wishing I was witnessing this at home. He had commentated the crowning of Queen Elizabeth and later several royal weddings, but Churchill's funeral was unforgettable.

It was so evocative to watch the BBC's coverage of the 50th anniversary of Churchill's death....thank you.

Carmel Loughman

emails: As a young child I was crossing the Atlantic to the USA on a Cunard line ship from Southampton when we learned of Churchill's death. To my young mind it was striking that all the fun and gaiety of our journey abruptly ended. The public rooms were all draped in black bunting and a sombre mood took over. Religious services were held and the adults all seemed subdued. I had no real idea who Churchill was but instinctively knew he must have been an important man to cause all happiness to end on our ship.

NHS 'fragile'

BBC Radio 4

Labour MP Margaret Hodge disagrees with Lord Deben on Any Questions on BBC Radio 4, claiming: "The service that is most fragile at the moment is the NHS."

'Stupid' argument

BBC Radio 4

Lord Deben - the former Conservative minister John Gummer - claims that in every election campaign he has ever fought, Labour has tried to suggest the Conservatives want to "shut down" the NHS. "It's never happened. No sane party would ever suggest it," he tells Any Questions on BBC Radio 4, calling the argument "stupid".

John Gummer
John Gummer is a former Conservative cabinet minister

'Genuine hero'

BBC Radio 4

Boss of energy company INEOS Tom Crotty tells the Any Questions audience that Churchill's legacy is "pride", while the Conservative Lord Deben says: "I find him a genuine hero." He adds: "One of the awful things about our society is we don't have heroes, we have celebrities. I don't want celebrities. I want heroes."

Human rights

BBC Radio 4

Julian Huppert says he had "a lot of relatives" who died as a result of Nazi Germany. Speaking on Any Questions on BBC Radio 4, the Lib Dem MP cited the European Convention on Human Rights as part of Winston Churchill's legacy. He argued that, in the UK, the Convention had been "twisted" into the idea that it was something that "Europe is imposing on us". He insisted: "These are British values."

Churchill's legacy

Margaret Hodge

Speaking on Any Questions, Labour MP Margaret Hodge says that, for her, Winston Churchill's legacy was "freedom". In a week that also saw the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, she added: "I'm Jewish myself and I had an uncle who was slaughtered in Auschwitz." She says she saw "a suitcase with his name on" during a visit to the former Nazi death camp.

Any Questions

BBC Radio 4

All panellists on Radio Four's Any Questions programme say ransoms should not be paid to kidnappers.

Rosalind Prowse

emails: I was a junior member of the BBC News workforce stationed in Broadcasting House when Winston Churchill died. On Monday we went into Regent Street and found all the big shops and stripped their windows out and were full of purple and pictures of Churchill. They must have worked through Sunday because in those days there were no shops open.

On the Friday my flatmate and I queued over Westminster Bridge in the sleet and the cold to get to the lying in state and on the Saturday we got up and walked to Ludgate Hill to watch it all. There was no public transport. The crowds were enormous, quiet, patient and when the coffin went by all these gentlemen took off the hats, many crying. Two things I remember more than anything was the quiet, the muffled sounds of horses and music. London had a special atmosphere.

Hilly Janes

tweets: Stood as a child on a Thames bridge, to see
#Churchill's coffin come up river. Cold day, huge silent crowds, cranes dipping, bells tolling

Southbank Centre's pre-election festival

A new festival looking at politics and history opens at the Southbank Centre in London tonight.

Changing Britain examines the last 70 years of British history, focusing on society, culture and politics, in the lead-up to the general election on 7 May. Historian David Kynaston, artists Jane and Louise Wilson and novelist Nick Hornby are among the contributors, while audiences are encouraged to contribute themselves to "vigorous debates".

Boat spotted


tweeted this photo of the Havengore sailing under Tower Bridge.

The Havengore sailing under Tower Bridge
Twitter/ @girlboatspotter

Meg Johnson

emails: I was 13, living in Bristol. It was a Saturday so I was at my riding school. Our riding school mistress had made sure that all the pupils (about 15 of us) listened to the whole funeral in the tack room. Although we were too young to remember his war years, we had a great reverence for him and listened quietly to the whole event, knowing that it was a very sombre day for the country. We did not go riding that day as it was a day of mourning for everyone.

Khrishnan Guru-Murthy


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Any Questions?

Coming up on

BBC Radio 4 at 20:00 GMT, Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate and discussion from Dereham Memorial Hall in Dereham, Norfolk. On the panel are Labour MP Margaret Hodge, Liberal Democrat MP Julian Huppert, Conservative peer Lord Deben and Tom Crotty, the director of the energy firm INEOS.

Mail to Westminster


Rebecca Keating

BBC News

tweets: A staggering 2,234,763 items of mail were sent to the Palace of Westminster in 2014 - not including parcels, courier items or internal mail

Claire Suart

emails: I was a 12 year old living in Uganda when Churchill died. My father was a history teacher with the Colonial Service in a secondary school. Having been in the RAF during the war, he was a big fan of Churchill's so for his funeral he sourced a radio from somewhere and then invited all the neighbours in to listen to it. I had only ever heard or seen radios in England - we didn't have one in Uganda. We relied on the local newspaper for local news and The Manchester Guardian sent out weekly from England for international news. I assume they heard about Churchill's death from colleagues - there was always someone who found out these things and spread the word. I clearly remember the sitting room being full of chairs so that everyone could listen to the proceedings. I remember imagining the contrast between the cold dark wet winter's day in London compared to the hot bright day with us.

Peter Watts

emails: I was 18 years of age at the time of Churchill's state funeral. I lived in Kingston, but worked at The British & French Bank in the City. In those days we worked half a day on Saturday. The bank was on the corner of King William Street and Arthur Street. To get from Bank underground station to my office I was given a memorandum signed by my manager which I had to show to a policeman if I wanted to cross any road. A colleague brought a cine camera to work to film the funeral as it crossed the junction where Cannon Street joins Eastcheap. His camera was taken apart by the police. It reminds me that terrorism was a concern 50 years ago. A director of the bank invited all the staff into his office, which overlooked the Cannon Street/Cheapside junction, and I have a firm memory of watching the cortege pass from my second floor vantage point.