After the first night halt at Reading Berkshire, the 54-mile four-day march from Aldermaston set out again Apr 16 on the road to London 42 miles distant.
After the first night halt at Reading Berkshire, the 54-mile four-day march from Aldermaston set out again Apr 16 on the road to London 42 miles distant. Some 12,000 marchers were later joined by 3,000 more to spend the second night at the mid-way town of Slough - most of them on the floors of local schools. As many as 50,000 were expected to rally in Trafalgar Square London Easter Monday to climax the march - the third and biggest campaign in the U.K. by the people from all walks of life and from many nations of the world to ban nuclear weapons.
Prominent campaigner Canon John Collins, Precentor of St. Paul's Cathedral London, at the head of the five-mile long column. said, Any politician who thinks he can ignore us now is very foolish. The Canon set the pace carrying his knapsack and striding forward like an old-time pilgrim with his modern followers - Laborites to Liberals and some Conservatives, Quakers to Communists, pacifists to bearded 'bohemians'.
Over the banners of delegations from West Germany, Pakistan, India, New Zealand, Australia and South African floated scores of released balloons carrying the campaigners' insignia as police motorcyclist escorted the steadily marching column.
One group of 50 lead by a student of London University plan to carry the anti-bomb 'crusade' across Europe to the Geneva disarmament conference and to Paris for the Summit Conference in May.