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This site is dedicated to the memory of Roger Hutchinson, who inspired me to delve deep into the magic of the free festival and who passed away Sept 3rd 2010.

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1967-1992.


The White Horse Free Festival

Westbury .

19th-23rd June 1985.

     Well, this appears to have been a pretty low key event , which was held in the area adjoining the Vale of the White Horse over a few years -probably at a few different sites . Lists give a festival as being held in 1985 19th – 23rd June at Westbury, featuring Hawkwind and Ozric Tentacles . We believe this was where refugees from the Battle of The Beanfield retreated to when the Henge do was trashed by Thatchers minions .Roads were blocked off and if anyone left the site they were not allowed to return .


Hi

When the 'convoy left savernake forest, after the bean field supposedly to head to stoehenge, we all went to westbury instead.
i dont believe there had been a festival there before...it was simply an alternative to stonehenge, just before solstice, because the police wouldnt allow us any nearer.
it was possible to walk accross salisbury plain to stonehenge from here, as some people managed.

I have had these pages since the police refused to accept them off us as we left Westbury Bratton camp in june/july 1985..cant remembr the exact date.
we had asked whoever had something to say to the police, who had held us under siege for weeks,to write it down, and we'd hand it to the highest ranking officer on the way out.

Typically, they refused to even talk to us, so the missive was tossed in the glove compartment.

Ive often wondered what to do with it, but I reckon your wonderful archives would be a great place for people to see these brief but interesting messages from the past.

Ive enclosed the 6 pages as scanned from the originals.
I hope they are of interest.
they were heady days indeed.
all the best

Will Greenwood


I was "Kettled" as they now call it, from Stonehenge to Uffingham in 1985 by the good forces of law and order.
4 of us had jumped on our bikes on a hot, sunny day in Devon and rode for about 30 mins before the rain started.
We had no tent, waterproofs, sleeping bags - we were well prepared!
It rained all the way there, all the time we were there, and all the way back.
But we didn't care, we were going to the 'Henge!
Before the plod let us ride away from their Stonehenge blockade, we were virtually strip searched in a large semi-public tent, in the middle of nowhere. For riding motorbikes on an open road, in a free country! They missed me grinding my pipe into the mud, and the stash in the bike.
We headed for "The White Horse" where Hawkwind were rumoured to be playing, but we never saw them - and we were sleeping against the stage for shelter.
During the night, the wind got up and a length of scaffold broke free and hit me on the head and back.
Fortunately, I was wearing my lid, to keep my ears warm!
We swam home by bike.

Thanks for reminding me of a distant memory.


Kind regards,

Spike,


 

 

 

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Free festivals and small fayres held in the United Kingdom between 1967-90.

1967-69.

 1970-79  
1980-92

 

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Many, many thanks go to Roger Hutchinson , Big Steve , Roger Duncan, Celia, Will , Chazz, Jeza ,Chris Hewitt ,The Fabulous Time Tortoise , Peter Piwowarski - ( 70s music site/photos ) Martin S, Steve Austin ,Traveller Dave, Herb, Tim Brighton, Vin Miles, Haze Evans , Noddy Guevara, Chris Brown, Janet Thompson, David Stooke, Gary Gibbons , Nigel Ayers, Rich Deakin ,Glenda Pescardo,Justin Warman,Brian F, Steve Bayfield, Kev Ellis, Paul Seaton and many other minor contributors for their help in providing the archival material related to these free festivals which has at enabled us to construct the site .

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