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State Funeral To Be Shared By Those At Scott Base


State Funeral To Be Shared By Those At Scott Base

The State Funeral for Sir Edmund Hillary will be seen by personnel at Scott Base in Antarctica, live from St Mary's Church in Parnell, via TVNZ's satellite link.

Co-ordinator at Scott Base, Yvonne Boesterling, says it's planned to erect big screens in both the movie room and in the briefing room of the new Hillary Field Centre to cater for all those who wish to share the funeral service.

Among those gathered will be many who met Sir Edmund when, exactly one year ago, he made his last trip to the Ice to celebrate the base's 50th anniversary. Other personnel have met him through outdoor pursuits and other associations.

Ms Boesterling says facilities will cater for all available personnel on the Base, and field teams, to see the telecast and she's also extended an invitation to Kiwis stationed at McMurdo.

The State Funeral will also be broadcast to Island Broadcasters via satellite on TVNZ's Pacific Service.

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