of hippies blocked a main road through Windsor Great Park yesterday
after one of them was knocked down by a police van trying to leave a
pop festival with two arrested men. As the van left the site of the
festival the hippies massed on the Windsor to Ascot road and pelted
it with cans and sticks. Earlier ,police had tried to stop the festival
taking place. By-laws prohibit the erection of tents, lighting of fires
and playing of music in the park. On Friday night , as hundreds of youngsters
moved in and began putting up tents, police tried to stop them and there
were several arrests. But after several incidents, police allowed camping
in a copse. By yesterday, however, tents spilled over a much wider area
thousands of youngsters settled for the holiday: Fires burned, and music
pulsed out from amplification equipment and mobile generators moved
in against the police wishes.
organiser Mr Bill Dwyer, 40, said: " We are
peaceable people enjoying a holiday festival in time honoured fashion.
lf the police would only go away and stop harassing and dominating the
festival there would be no trouble. All we ask is to be left alone to
enjoy ourselves in peace." One of the arrested men was Sid
Rawle, leader of a self-supporting community called The Diggers on an
island off Irelands west coast belonging to John Lennon. The man knocked
down by the police van. Gerald David Kirk , 23, of Hull ,was taken to
hospital with bruises, cuts and a suspected broken arm.