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In September, 1989 the Paper Boat, travelled to London and on Thames Day (September 9th) it sailed under Tower Bridge to the home of the British Parliament at Westminster and as a Patriotic Gesture, the question mark inside the Paper Boat this time was red, white and blue. The boat was there to raise questions about what the Prime Minister of the day, Margaret Thatcher was doing and planning.

In order to ensure that Tower Bridge had to be opened, a tall mast was added, flying the Scottish saltire. Traffic was stopped. The bridge was duly opened and the Paper Boat sailed through and moored opposite the Palace of Westminster. The questions, as well as the bridge, had been raised.

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