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Letter: Churchill's last journey

Sir: There are many reasons why the funeral train carrying Churchill's body left from Waterloo (letter, 4 February). The station stands very close to the Thames, which was an integral part of the funeral day. The locomotive hauling the train, a Battle of Britain pacific, bore the name Winston Churchill, and this was operated by the Southern region of British Railways, which included Waterloo. The fact that there is a line from there giving access to Oxfordshire via Reading was surely a factor.

Letter: Gloomy prospect

Sir: Your report about identity cards (3 February) is illustrated with a sample card, which shows a young woman smiling happily. Presumably this is to encourage us all to feel that identity cards are something to be pleased about. Such a cheerful expression is not acceptable for a passport photograph and is unlikely to be useable for an identity card. My identity card portrait, if I ever have one, will carry no such sunny expression, I assure you.

Dame Mary Smieton

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Police hunting letter bomber name suspect

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