Tag Archives: Embrace The Base

Walking In Their Footsteps

1 Sep

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Here’s the final drawing I did last Bank Holiday Monday, when I joined a group of women from across South Wales to remember the original women’s peace march that led to Greenham Common back in 1989. We set out from Swansea really early, then had speeches, songs and a short march around Alexandra Gardens in Cardiff; sidestepping the preparations for the Cardiff Pride event later that day. One of the original marchers, Ann Pettitt, spoke of her experiences, so interesting. Of course, I had to scribble her! I didn’t go on the original protest but I joined 30,000 others at the huge “Embrace The Base” event in 1982, where we all linked hands around the perimeter fence, I think it was about 9 miles.

 

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Then off to Chepstow for tea and Welsh Cakes in the Drill Hall and then recreating part of the march onto the old Severn Bridge on the M48. I’ve driven across that bridge many times through my life but never walked on it. There’s a very good pedestrian and cycle path and I was surprised by how many were walking it on a lovely day. Here’s a view of the new Severn Bridge from the old one with sheep walking across the land below the bridge.

 

Banners And Badges

29 Aug

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Here’s another drawing I did into my A4 hardbacked sketchbook on Bank Holiday Monday, during the celebration of the anniversary of the first women’s peace march to Greenham Common in 1981.  This is at the first part of the commemoration, at Alexandra Gardens in Cardiff, and there’s one of the protesters with her cap covered in vintage political badges peeping from behind one of the wonderful embroidered banners. Here’s my fellow artist from Swansea, Patricia McKenna Jones, who also loves to scribble in public and draws an artblog.

 

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I didn’t go on the original protest but I joined 30,000 others at the huge “Embrace The Base” event in 1982, when I was a young whippersnapper. I didn’t realise how many women were there because we were spread out along the perimeter fence, holding hands. We didn’t know at the time that this was historic, you don’t, do you? You just do what you think is right and then decades go by and suddenly you’re history! And how did those decades fly by so quickly?

 

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