After attending Churchill’s funeral, Labour minister Richard Crossman wrote the following in his diary:
What a faded, declining establishment surrounded me. Aged marshals, grey, dreary ladies, decadent Marlboroughs and Churchills. It was a dying congregation gathered there and I am afraid the Labour cabinet didn’t look too distinguished either. It felt like the end of an epoch, possibly even the end of a nation.
Recreating Churchill’s final journey: Barge that carried Sir Winston’s body to state funeral 50 years ago today returns to the Thames as modern leaders pay tribute to their glorious predecessor