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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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Pure Energy Fair.

( Benefit )

Westleton. Suffolk.

17-19th Sept 1982.


    A Poster of the Pure Energy Fair -a lovely event. We organised the stage and bands to help the east Anglian anti-nuclear alliances campaign to protest at the building of Sizewell B and demand better safety mechanisms be put in place in the design of the reactor. The site was a few miles from the planned plutonium water cooled nuclear reactor- the same type as on three mile island.

    The peace convoy set up a peace camp on the beach and various peace campaigners came back on site glowing with tales of swimming over the outlet pipe from the power station saying it was like having a bath.!!! Talking of hot water we had the luxury of hot showers on site and communal nude hippie showers were much appreciated by the dusty travellers. Some of the best food on site came from the absolutely divine Hari Krishna's.
    I slept in a teepee and the festival was a gas, my co-mc was a mad Frenchman/mime artist who dressed up as Napolean and cracked wicked jokes about Mrs Thatcher.

   This was our Indian summer celebration of a special year.
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Free festivals and small fayres held in the United Kingdom between 1967-90.




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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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