Pro peace women on British TV

From the Stop the War Coalition in Britain:

The Time of Their Lives

BBC Four, Monday 20 July, 7.30pm

The Time of Their Lives is an inspiring film about three women — Hetty Bower, Rose Hacker and Alison Selford — with a combined age of nearly 300.

Hetty Bower, who is now 103 years old, is well known to Stop the War, having been a virtual ever present on our demonstrations since we were founded eight years ago.

Hetty’s commitment to the cause of peace is unquenchable. The film shows her training through vigorous walking for Stop the War’s demonstration in March 2007, which was her 84th peace march, and after which she complained that it was “too slow”!

Rose Hacker, who sadly died, aged 101, during the making of the film, was a working journalist up to her death and also an inveterate anti-war campaigner, particularly for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

The commitment and fortitude of these remarkable women would put to shame many activists a fraction of their age.

The film is an uplifting testament for a range of reasons, not least in the humour and sharp intelligence that Hetty, Rose and Alison show as they approach the last days of their long and eventful lives. They are, as one reviewer wrote, “truly inspirational characters, and it is a privilege to share in the time of their lives”. Not to be missed.

The Time of Their Lives (58 mins)

BBC Four Monday 20 July 7.30pm
Featuring Hetty Bower, Rose Hacker and Alison Selford
Director: Jocelyn Cammack
Producer: Hilary Durman
Production Company: RedBird Productions

4 thoughts on “Pro peace women on British TV

  1. Happy birthday to a 93-year-old activist

    Sunday 23 August 2009

    Lilian Brown of Totnes, Devon, has been campaigning for peace all her life and at 93 is still stalwart in her efforts to get her message across.

    For the past three years she has stood in silent vigil for half an hour each Saturday morning in the centre of Totnes, accompanied by her husband Donald and a small group of peace campaigners.

    On the eve of her 93rd birthday she commemorated the dropping of the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima on August 6 1945.

    Lilian has been a Morning Star reader and supporter since its inception and, together with her sister, sold copies outside Woolworths in Camden Town when she was young. One of nine children of a cabinet-maker, she was brought up in severe poverty in London.

    Her father was a conscientious objector in the first world war and a member of the Communist Party. Lilian followed his example and also joined the party, setting up a Young Communist League in Dartford during World War II.

    She has been an active member of CND and remembers joining in the early peace marches and protests, including Aldermaston.

    Peace has not been the only issue for doughty Lilian. When the local post office was faced with closure a year ago, she lay down in the street and stopped the traffic for nearly half an hour in protest.

    Happy birthday Lilian and may you have many more years of campaigning.

    Hazel Fuller


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