Patten's Taoist prayer
Hong Kong handover
Saturday 28 June 1997
The venue was a fitting one: a temple devoted to the god Wong Tai Sin, consulted by Hong Kong people on everything from horse-racing tips and lottery tickets to marriage plans and business proposals. The last British governor - a practising Roman Catholic - and his wife, Lavender, helped to release 108 birds from cages in a ceremony seeking blessings for Hong Kong. "My prayer is the same as it will be on Monday: that Hong Kong continues to enjoy the freedoms and the prosperity which have made it one of the greatest cities in the world," Mr Patten said.
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