Aldermaston C.N.D 1959

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament began in 1957. C.N.D.ORG

On Easter Friday 1958 the first demonstration and march from Aldermaston to London took place.

My father John Rowan took a camera with him on the demonstration in 1960 and exposed a two rolls of Kodachrome slide film.

Many people traveled from all over the country including my parents, to demonstrate against the sighting of these weapons in the U.K. Not long after World War Two with Britain developing weapons of mass destruction and testing with little concern for public safety, environmental or existential implications, people became concerned, angry and frightened. Just a few years on the world would come very close to destruction during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Over half a century later, what are the todays arguments, feelings and fears surrounding nuclear weapons and what is our part, if any, in deciding the future of our planet.

With Scottish Independence a real possibility, nuclear weapons could now be removed from the U.K forever.

"The only guarantee of protection from nuclear weapons is their complete elimination" - Simon Coveney 2020.

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