Letter by Phil Heywood

ImageI was very interested in your recent article on Gerald Holtom’s designing of the now universal CND symbol in 1958. I was at university with his elder daughter, Julia, and marched with her from Aldermaston to Trafalgar Square in 1960.

Encouraged by Gerald’s infectious enthusiasm, a small group of about eight of us continued on to Dover, carrying our banners and a message from canon Collins and CND through the springtime Kentish countryside of cherry orchards in blossom – filtering sunshine over frolicking lambs – to meet with French nuclear disarmament activists who had crossed the Channel to meet with us and take a message of support on to the Paris Test Ban Treaty Conference being attended by Kennedy, Kruschev and Macmillan which was to prove so successful.