Aldermaston Marches


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Aldermaston Marches

 

demonstrations by English peace activists and participants in the movement to ban nuclear weapons. The marches usually begin in Aldermaston and end in mass demonstrations in Trafalgar Square in London. The first Aldermaston March took place in April 1958 along the road from London to Aldermaston. Since that time, marches have taken place, with few exceptions, once every spring.

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During my lifetime I remember the Aldermaston Marches and the much bigger demonstration in Grosvenor Square in 1968 against the Vietnam War.
"The Aldermaston marches popularised this highly distinctive yet simple design.
I joined him on the London to Aldermaston marches, and listened to him speak in Westminster Hall when the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament was formed.
Caroline and her husband-to-be David beacame dedicated campaigners, taking part in the now famous Aldermaston marches in 1958, when crowds took part in the 40- mile trek from the Berkshire village to London's Trafalgar Square.
It was like the time of the Aldermaston marches when CND could muster a crowd like that every year, signifying, 'We don't like where you're taking us and we don't believe what you're telling us'.
Having cut her political teeth on the CND Aldermaston marches and protests against the Vietnam war, she placed Islington at the forefront of the campaign against the poll tax, courting yet more controversy.
During these eventful years she wrote copiously - Going Home, her account of a trip to Southern Rhodesia in 1956; A Ripple from the Storm; two plays, Each His Own Wilderness and Play with a Tiger; a novel she has since repudiated, Retreat to Innocence - and began "thinking about the scheme for The Golden Notebook." In 1958, she and her son moved into a flat in Langham Street, near Oxford Circus, where she held continuous open house (for visitors including, most notably, Nelson Algren, Joshua Nkomo and - improbable though it seems - Henry Kissinger), participated in the Aldermaston Marches organized by Bertrand Russell's Campaign Against Nuclear Disarmament (CND), and still managed to complete The Golden Notebook and Landlocked.
These were the early days of the anti-nuclear marches that culminated in the massive Aldermaston marches, peace camps at Greenham Common against cruise missiles and marches near to the Faslane naval base against nuclear submarines.
Hundreds from the North East joined the Aldermaston marches and demonstrations in London's Trafalgar Square.