April 16, 1965

Watford Observer: On this day in south west Hertfordshire On this day in south west Hertfordshire

Seven young men and two girls, their ages ranging from 17 to 20 years, spent a cold and rainy Friday night beside the flowerbed in the Watford High Street precinct.

They were CND [Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament] supporters, braving the cold night air and teeming rain to observe the 25-hour fast, one of the concluding events of the Northern Home Counties Region CND “We Shall Overcome” activities.

A silent vigil in support of the fast went on through Saturday afternoon, again in pouring rain.

But the campaign was not all silent. Various officers of CND groups, including the Watford secretary Mr David Picton and the chairman, the Rev Edward Charles, gave speeches. In the evening a wreath – “In pledge of our determination it shall never happen again” – was laid at the Peace Memorial Hospital.

[From the Watford Observer of April 16, 1965]

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