the early 1970s my late father was working in a unit that made a variety
of information and training films for police cadets - how police dogs are
trained, how autopsies are performed, how crowd control is exercised during
an incident and so on.
The CND Aldermaston March
(more popularly known as Ban The Bomb), which had been suspended for several
years after things got out of hand in 1963, was due to recommence and my
father had been instructed to make a videotape record of aspects of the
He needed someone to
help him in the endeavor, both to carry the heavy 12 volt car battery necessary
to provide extended power for his luggable videorecorder and to afford
him some semblance of being innocuous (there was some risk that he might
be assaulted if it was thought that he was not part of the regular media).
We were - to all intents
and purposes - going under cover.
It proved to be a bit
of an eye-opener for me...
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