An armada of fishing boats sailed up the Thames today (Friday 17 September) towards the House of Commons.
GV Tower Bridge. ZOOM IN TO fishing boat sailing under.
GV Other vessels sailing up Thames bedecked with flags (3 shots).
SV Slogans on fishing boats (3 shots).
LV Fishing boat tying up.
GV Crowd watching.
LV PAN Fishing boats anchored.
CU ZOOM IN Crew member with badge "Save our fishing from the EEC".
CU Lord Boothby speaking.
SV Mock coffin bearing slogan "Our funeral if limites go" being carried up steps.
SV Marchers along street.
SV Petition carried to the steps of No. 10 Downing Street.
GV Deputation entering No. 10.
TRANSCRIPT: LORD BOOTHBY (SEQ. 8): "The reason I am here today is that the present fishery regulations of the European Economic Community which were rushed through on the day that we applied for application to join would mean the ruin and the death of the British inshore fishing industry."
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Background: An armada of fishing boats sailed up the Thames today (Friday 17 September) towards the House of Commons. They anchored in midstream urging the Government not to reduce Britain's 12-mile fishing limit if Britain joins the European Economic Community.
The fishermen were greeted at Westminster by Lord Boothby who led the 30-year fight for the 12-mile limit introduced in 1964.
Later, the fishermen marched to Downing Street where they handed in a petition to the Prime Minister at Number 10.
SYNOPSIS: An armada of 67 fishing boats sailed up the Thames on Friday in protest against Britain's acceptance of Common Market fishing terms of entry. The fishermen sailed up as far as Westminster where they handed a petition to MP's at Britain's House of Commons.
The boats had sailed rom Brixham in Devon for the protest voyage. The demonstration aimed at spotlighting the inshore fishing industry's fear that the Government will concede a reduction of Britain's fishing limit - from 12 to 6 miles - when talks with the European Economic Community on fishery policies reopen next week. The fishermen were met on-shore by Lord Boothby, the man who led the 30-year fight for the 12-mile limit introduced in 1964.
After Lord Boothby's statement, the fishermen marched across to Downing Street to hand a petition to Prime Minister Edward Heath's residence at Number Ten.
The petition was carried by Mr. Ernest Passmore, the Secretary of the Brixham Trawler Owners' Association. The men also telegraphed Mr. Heath to ask him to meet their leaders before their scheduled return sailing on Sunday morning.