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Aldermaston Peace Festival

Falconfield. Tadly .

Nr Aldermaston.

3rd April 1972

 

 

 


 

    We may be wrong, but this appears to have been an attempt to revive the famed Aldermaston Anti Nuclear marches with a free concert tacked on as a finale. Unfortunately, the optimism of the 60s , where marchers sang protest songs and showed considerable solidarity . had more or less evaporated by 1972. The press reported that only 400 marched and apparently the atmosphere on the march was rather dismal. However, the promise of free music boosted numbers at the concert itself to around 10.000.

   It would have been a surprise to many if Hawkwind hadn't played the festival.

Why were they giving a voluntary performance for CND? "Well, we believe in CND and we go along with the peace movement, and most of our audiences do." Their audiences, in fact, salute them with peace signs. Nik and Bob have no doubt that this is a wide and growing feeling.

We don't as yet have any eye witness reports of the festival itself, so if you were there, let us know !

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Free festivals and small fayres held in the United Kingdom between 1967-90.

1967-69.

 1970-79  
1980-92

 

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Many, many thanks go to Roger Hutchinson , Big Steve , Roger Duncan, Celia, Will , Chazz, Jeza ,Chris Hewitt ,The Fabulous Time Tortoise , Peter Piwowarski - ( 70s music site/photos ) Martin S, Steve Austin ,Traveller Dave, Herb, Tim Brighton, Vin Miles, Haze Evans , Noddy Guevara, Chris Brown, Janet Thompson, David Stooke, Gary Gibbons , Nigel Ayers, Rich Deakin ,Glenda Pescardo,Justin Warman,Brian F, Steve Bayfield, Kev Ellis, Paul Seaton and many other minor contributors for their help in providing the archival material related to these free festivals which has at enabled us to construct the site .

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