Cinema hope to show plight of vets

Nuclear test veterans attended a Merchant Navy Day ceremony at the War Memorial in Boston earlier in the month.
Nuclear test veterans attended a Merchant Navy Day ceremony at the War Memorial in Boston earlier in the month.

Nuclear test veterans who missed out on a chance to lobby MPs in parliament may get a second chance.

The vets hoped MPs would watch a film highlighting the effects of what they experienced on Christmas Island in the 1950s – but it was not seen because of an international crisis.

But now Moulton test veteran Douglas Hern (77) says the British Nuclear Test Veterans’ Association is in talks with a general release company having secured funding for the project.

Mr Hern has dedicated his life to winning justice for the veterans and their families.

Twenty thousand servicemen who were made to watch the nuclear bombs explode have already died of cancer – and many of the personnel still alive are suffering illnesses which they claim are linked to radiation exposure.

They are seeking a £25 million fund from the Government for those directly affected and their offspring – many of whom have medical conditions now believed to be linked.

The 92-minute film includes interviews with veterans and widows, as well as children who are suffering now. Excerpts can be seen by visiting http://vimeo.com/98679554 and http://vimeo.com/98715625