A reunion of anti-nuclear protesters is taking place to mark the 40th anniversary of a large civil disobedience event held at an air base.

Organisers and supporters of a mass demonstration held at USAF Upper Heyford over four days in the summer of 1983, will be returning to the air base at 11am on Saturday, June 3.

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The returning demonstrators will hold a meeting at the site of the ‘peace camp’ (on Portway, Camp Road), which was set up in 1982, inspired by women’s camp at Greenham Common.

They will then walk to Bicester Heritage, within the perimeter of what was the airfield, where there are soon to be two new display panels with information about the blockade and other protests.

More than 5,000 people took part in the original demonstration.


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

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