By Terence Bunch Published 2010-06-29 00:00:00 Last Edited 2010-06-29 00:00:00
On the day the bodies of seven British servicemen are returned to the UK after being killed in Afghanistan by misadventure and hostile combat, the London to Colchester peace walkers set out on the third leg of their peace walk led by 80 year old peace activist and campaigner Malcom Pittock.
The walkers begin leg three from Brentwood Cathedral and make their way through Hutton, Shenfield and through the heart of the Essex countryside and into Chelmsford where they hold a ceremony to read out the names of those who have been killed in the now deeply unpopular war.
The leg is significant for passing through Brentwood, known to be a staunchly conservative area. The peace walk reveals anti-war sentiment amongst the local population consistent with that seen during its first leg from Whitechapel to Ilford. As the peace walkers pass through the town, broad support is again seen from pedestrians and those driving vehicles in traffic.
The peace walk is now approaching its final stages with the final leg ending in Colchester, home to Colchester barracks, currently holding in detention Lance Corporal Joe Glenton who has been imprisoned for refusing to serve in Afghanistan.
Brentwood. 29th June 2010.