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Anglo-Swiss friendship

Inscription

{On the large plaque:}
On 15 April 1991, on the occasion of the 700th anniversary of the Swiss Confederation, the Right Worshipful the Lord Mayer of Westminster, Councillor David Avery named this area 'Swiss Court' as a token of the lasting friendship between Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

This Cantonal Tree displays the coats of Arms of the twenty-six cantons of Switzerland.

{On the small brass plaque:}
Antique Swiss Inn Sign
A gift from Switzerland to Great Britain on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of H.M. The Queen Elizabeth II. Presented to the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Alderman Jack Gillett, by Dr. Werner Kaempfen, Director of the Swiss National Tourist Office Zurich, as a token of the friendship that exists between our two countries, May 1977.

Site: Anglo-Swiss friendship (1 memorial)

W1, Coventry Street

Until 2007 the north-east corner of this junction was occupied by the 1968 Swiss Centre. The facade of the building was adorned with an array of working bells and an animated cavalcade of Swiss stereotypes such as cowherds, mountains, cows, etc. Clockwork, presumably. Installed in 1985, Westminster Council decreed that the clock should be reinstated on the new building, due to open in 2011.

2019: Londonist shows the reinstalled glockenspiel, plus some brief images of how it used to look. It looked much better in its original incarnation.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Anglo-Swiss friendship

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Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

The twenty-fifth anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II.  This wa...

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Queen Elizabeth II

Born 17 Bruton Street, to the Duke and Duchess of York. For information on wh...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Anglo-Swiss friendship

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Councillor David Avery

David James Avery was born on 2 December 1933, the third of the five children...

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Alderman Jack Gillett

Lord Mayer of Westminster

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Dr. Werner Kaempfen

Director of the Swiss National Tourist Office, Zurich.

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