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Moulton nuclear test veteran to give free video presentation in Spalding




South Holland people will get a rare opportunity on Friday (November 16) to find out what it was really like for Britain's nuclear test veterans.

Test veteran Doug Hern and wife, Sandie, will be giving a free video presentation at Spalding Services and Social Club from 7pm-9pm.

Doug (82), historian and archivist for the BNTVA (British Nuclear Test Veterans' Association) said: "Originally there were 22,500 of us - now there's only about 1,500 of us left."

Library picture: British nuclear test veteran Doug Hern with a DVD about his and other servicemen's experiences in the South Pacific during the 1950s and 1960s. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG190616-105TW
Library picture: British nuclear test veteran Doug Hern with a DVD about his and other servicemen's experiences in the South Pacific during the 1950s and 1960s. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG190616-105TW

Doug says the event is about raising awareness of the British nuclear tests - and the effects upon the health of those who watched them and the families of those who watched them.

He was present for five nuclear detonations while stationed on Christmas Island, south of Indonesia, from November 1957 to November 1958.

Both Doug and Sandie are long-standing campaigners.

Doug has previously welcomed news of the Nobel Peace Prize going to a nuclear disarmament group and backed a campaign for test veterans to be awarded medals, thereby gaining official recognition from the Government.


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