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Rainbow Fields Is Home

Bruce Garrard

222 page perfect bound paperback

The Rainbow Village at Molesworth August 1984 to February 1985.

RAF Molesworth, in Cambridgeshire, was intended to be the second cruise missile base in the UK, after Greenham Common. In August 1984, part of this unfenced world war two airfield was occupied by a mixed group of Green activists, travellers, Quakers, anarchists and peace campers.

The occupation, and the 'Rainbow Village' that it became, remained on MoD land for nearly six months. Eventually it was brought to an end by a massive operation involving police, soldiers, and Defence Secretary Michael Heseltine in his flak jacket.

The experience of living at Molesworth during that winter was physically, emotionally and politically intense. The climax, the eviction that took place overnight on February 5th/6th 1985, was perhaps the most dramatic occurrence in all the peace and anti-nuclear campaigns of the 1980s.

Written in the immediate aftermath of the events it describes, with 3 dozen photographs, illustrations and maps, this book has now finally been published nearly thirty years later. As a statement of resistance to the nuclear state, and of life lived on the political edge, it has a freshness and a relevance that still stands today.

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