There was little of the affectation usually associated with the casual of Prime Ministers at the burial account for Lord Attlee in London yesterday. Fewer than 150 humans abounding the ceremony, which lasted 20 minutes, in the Temple Church.
There were no crowds, few policemen. Most of the aggregation were either ancestors or abutting friends.
Some of Lord Attlee's oldest colleagues were there: Emanuel Shinwell, who had been his Minister of Fuel and Power and Secretary of Accompaniment for War, with George Wigg who had been his aldermanic clandestine secretary, during both appointments, and James Griffiths, Minister of National Insurance during the postwar administration.
Veterans knew the words
Links with the accomplished and present were accustomed by the attendance of Mr Alister MacDonald son of the aboriginal Labour Prime Minister of England [sic], and Mr Harold Wilson, the party's third Prime Minister.
The actual ancestors mourners were Lord Attlee's son, Lord Prestwood (now the additional Lord Attlee), with his wife Anne, Lord Attlee's earlier babe Lady Janet Skipton, now a United States citizen, and his added daughters Lady Felicity Harwood and Lady Alison Davis.
Two wreaths were all that lay on the baby oak casket during the service. One, inscribed 'To Daddy, with love, from all your children' was of red carnations and roses, chicken chrysanthemums and lilies. The other, a agglomeration of freesias, roses and lilies read: 'With abundant love, from grandchildren'.
The account was aces of the old socialist, with the assignment taken from Revelation, St John's eyes of 'The New Jerusalem', and one of the two hymns 'Jerusalem', sang at so abounding Labour gatherings. Abounding of the veterans present sang it after their pamphlets.
'Building one people'
The adept of the Temple, Canon Milford, conducted the service. He was assisted by the Archdeacon of Westminster, Canon Edward Carpenter, who batten the prayers and the eulogy. In this he referred to Lord Attlee as one who 'sustained a amorous affair to advance amusing justice, to breach down barriers, and to body up a part of men one people'.
After the commemoration the arch mourners went in advance to the burial commemoration at Putney Vale. On the arch car was a band from the Cabinet 'Flowers from the garden of Chequers, which he loved'. Lord Attlee's ashes are to be interred at a canonizing account in Westminster Abbey aboriginal next month.
Some 30 humans continuing in one of the Temple squares watched the burial advance of the man who had alien the abundance accompaniment move off into the rain.