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Policeman Philip Bainbridge of B2 team, Scotland Yard.<br />
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Plans for 'Operation Hope Not' revealed.<br />
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Top secret documents which reveal ceremonial details and route maps for Sir Winston Churchill's state funeral have been unearthed.<br />
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They show years of meticulous planning went into organising Churchill's funeral procession in London on January 30, 1965 where more than a million people lined the streets to pay their respects. <br />
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Dignitaries from 112 countries - including six monarchs, six presidents and 16 prime ministers - gathered inside St Paul's Cathedral to celebrate Churchill’s life, which made the state funeral the largest in history at that time. <br />
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To ensure the procession and Churchill's final journey to his burial place of Bladon, Oxfordshire, ran smoothly, 'Operation Hope Not' was conceived and on the day more than 1,000 military and police personnel were involved in proceedings.<br />
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The documents, which have an estimate of £600, will be sold by Catherine Southon Auctioneers on February 22.