Our local CND group, East Lancs CND, had a stall at the annual Burnley May Day Festival and featured an unusual 'Unlucky Dip'.
Here the poster may give you a clue. *
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a general view of our CND stall in the Community Tent. We had plenty of interest *
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On the stall we collected about 150 signatures on CND's 'Scrap Trident' petition.
Earlier we had carried 'Scrap Trident' placards while participating in the May Day Parade from Burnley Town Centre to Towneley Park.
The Parade and Festival were organised by Burnley Trades Council and you can see photos from a previous year's Parade by clicking here *
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here Joan discussing the issues with a couple of visitors to the stall *
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we also had a petition against new nuclear power which a young man is signing here. *
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the highlight of the stall, at least for children, was the 'Unlucky Dip'
Here is how it worked: There is a clearly displayed notice saying that this is a light hearted game that should not be taken too seriously but demonstrates the dangers of the waste products produced by nuclear power stations... *
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There is a bucket containing plain wrapped sweets with a cover over it. The child is told that there is “toxic waste” in the bucket. The child is invited to put on a pretty manky looking rubber glove and see if he/she can pick out some waste. When the child puts a hand in the bucket, the stall attendant presses down on the bucket which is standing on a vibrating mat so it feels a bit funny and adds to the fun. One sweet will do but most try to pick out a hand full... *
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Then, being careful not to touch the waste with a bare hand it has to be put down a shoot made out of an old drainage pipe. Once it is down the shoot, the child gets a certificate congratulating him/her that they have safely disposed of “toxic waste” and inviting them to go to the other end of the stall to claim some sweets that are in bright shiny wrappers.
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Joan devised this game, which as well as being thoroughly enjoyed by the kids, drew their parents to the stall enabling us to discuss nuclear issues with them.
Many then signed the petition and took leaflets to read at home. *
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last weekend of every month, Cumbria: Sellafield Women's Peace Camp contact 0113 262 1534
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