The candle still burns
Mary Millington tells us a story about how she lived and protested at Greenham Common for five years. She tells us the troubles she and other fellow protesters encountered and how her fight for peace still continues.
"My daughter did something most days after school - Brownies, ballet class, guitar lesson and so on. In pottery club she made me a candlestick but at the time I didn't use it.
Then I became a Greenham woman. I went to live on Greenham Common for five years with lots of other women to show my opposition to nuclear weapons.
We lived in caravans. Then our caravans got evicted so we lived in benders. Then our benders were evicted daily but we stayed there, living in little red getaway tents. We sat in front of the gates to delay work on the cruise missile silos.
We held vigils and mass demonstrations and started to cut down the fence with bolt cutters. Then we got arrested and charged. We went to court and prison.
I first used my daughter's candlestick in August 1983 on a vigil of my own with occasional supporters on Newbury War Memorial. I was there to remember all victims of all wars but especially the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Many Newbury people were enraged by my presence on their war memorial but a few of them supported us.
My friend Isobel, who lived in the centre of Newbury, brought her kids to the camp and invited us for baths.
My candle for peace has never gone out.
Right now, I'm opposing the War on Iraq with all means at my disposal. Greenham Common is a nature reserve and small business park now but soon us Greenham women will be back on the Common to open a memorial garden on the site where we camped in the eighties..."
"You can't kill
She is like
Old and strong
She goes on and on."