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Bickershaw . Lancashire .U.K.
Friday May 5th to Sunday May 7th 1972.

The Rouchon Collection .

The 'Children of God '

I just KNEW that these folks were evangelical christians before I positively identified who they were.

This appears to be a sing along praise session near the infamous COG campsite, like Divine Light , these guys were looking for converts to their brand of fundamentalism and no doubt found some here at bickershaw. I will just say that this was not and never has been 'my scene" and leave it at that .

There is a wikipedia page about the activities of this group that is worth visiting as their story , like most to these groups, has been contentious to say the least.

All images © P and T Rousson 1972



Documenting their activites was a key feature of these groups , who used the films to get more converts. One of these cameras would not have been cheap in 1972, probably paid for by tithes levied from concerts.







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Patrick and Thierry Rouchon traveled to the festival from their native France and took several hundred images of the event, they arrived early so we get to see the gradual transformation of the festival site from a relatively damp , tidy arena to a mud filled sodden sea of plastic and rubbish !!!!!

Children of God Jesus Jellett Entertainers The village Site early Site late The stage areas Crowd
Country joe Donovan Grateful Dead ISBand J Kelly Neophonic orchestra New Riders Stackridge ?

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