4WardEver: various sources
published: 3 June 2014
People who donated cash towards a memorial bench for a Whitstable-born peace campaigner, Brian Haw, [were] invited to an afternoon of music and celebration of his life. On Sunday 1st June members of Brian Haw’s family, including four of his children and a granddaughter, took part in the official opening on Whitstable beach.
The unveiling was also followed by a viewing of the recently released film ‘War Matters’, a 50 minute documentary chronicling 10 years of anti-war protest in Britain prompted by Brian Haw’s peace protest camp outside the Houses of Parliament. The Director, Chester Yang, brought the film to Whitstable personally and answered questions afterwards.
After a long battle with lung cancer, Brian Haw died on Saturday 18 June 2011, but for ten years he maintained his protest, along the way becoming a hero for anyone not convinced that Britain, the US and other countries in the West should be engaged in perpetual war, in which hundreds of thousands of civilians have died.
Brian maintained his right to peacefully protest and keep his peace camp in place – despite many attempts to remove it – until just a few weeks before he died.
Brian Haw memorial bench on Whitstable beach
17 May 2014
Brian Haw obituary
20 January 2011