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Mitchell Library, Glasgow Collection, Bulletin Photographs

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Trident Protest

Anti-nuclear campaigners from the Faslane Peace Camp sailed up the River Clyde to protest against the deployment of the first Trident submarine, HMS Vanguard, at the base. They were met by councillors who re-stated the Council's opposition to nuclear weapons. The photograph appeared in the November 1992 issue of Glasgow City Council's newspaper The Bulletin. Trident succeeded the Polaris submarine-launched ballistic missile system which had been adopted by Britain in the 1960s.

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) was founded in 1958 and attracted strong support in Glasgow. In May 1959 a march in the city attracted 4,000 demonstrators. The establishment of the US Polaris submarine base in Holy Loch in the Clyde in 1961 was met with large demonstrations, which included the "Glasgow Eskimos" in canoes. After 1968 when the British Polaris submarine base was established at Faslane near Helensburgh, it too became a focus for protest. Glasgow politicians such as Tommy Sheridan and (subsequently) George Galloway have been arrested in the ealy 2000s while leading demonstrations at the base.

Reference: Mitchell Library, Glasgow Collection, Bulletin Photographs

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

Keywords:
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, canoes, CND, demonstrations, Faslane Peace Camp, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Eskimos, HMS Vanguard, nuclear submarines, nuclear weapons, pacifists, peace protestors, Polaris, River Clyde, Trident



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