This message was recorded to mark the unveiling of a statue of Yuri Gagarin in the Mall in London on 14 July 2011 outside the British Council.

The statue is a gift from the Russian Federal Space Agency to the British Council and marks the 50th Anniversary of the first manned space flight by Gagarin and his visit to London on 14 July 1961.

The statue was unveiled by Elena Gagarina, daughter of the cosmonaut and Director of the Kremlin Museums and HRH Prince Michael of Kent and will stand in the Mall for a year. The statue celebrates Yuri Gagarin’s achievement and recognises the cultural, scientific and educational cooperation between the UK and Russia.

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