Campaigner remained true to his beliefs
By Western Daily Press | Wednesday, October 03, 2012, 09:00
Tributes have flowed in for Crispin Aubrey, journalist, author, and anti-nuclear campaigner, who died after suffering a heart attack last Friday.
Mr Aubrey, 66, who lived near Cannington, Somerset, was a leading member of the Stop Hinkley campaign and was involved with his wife in the original protest against the proposed Hinkley C nuclear power station more than 20 years ago.
Bridgwater MP Ian Liddell-Grainger, whose constituency includes Hinkley Point power station, said yesterday: "We had our differences over the years but Crispin Aubrey was a kind, courteous, understanding man. He was always straightforward, and someone who brought an awful lot of common sense to the debate. He was someone to be respected as a person and as a campaigner."
Pressure group Parents Concerned About Hinkley said: "Parents Against Hinkley are grieving the death of Crispin Aubrey who has spent much of his life trying to protect the public from the ravages of poisonous discharges from nuclear power stations. This year Crispin has been with us at many government meetings trying to stop EDF building two new EDF nuclear reactors on the Somerset nuclear site, known as Hinkley C. Our most recent meeting was with the Office for Nuclear Regulation in Bridgwater last Wednesday."
Mr Aubrey was involved on the press side of Glastonbury Festival, courteously handling the international media who descended on Worthy Farm. He often did so with a wry smile, and with a steady hand on the tiller.
"He was a serious man with a humorous side, always engaging, with a steady gaze, and you always felt that he was listening. He was always a delight to meet," said photographer Steve Roberts, who dealt with Mr Aubrey over many years at the festival.
Not one to push himself into the forefront in any situation, quiet determination was his nature.
Jo Brown of Parents Concerned About Hinkley added: "Fewer and fewer of us are now left to try to stop the 45-year death toll from the Hinkley Point nuclear site. We shall continue to grieve for Crispin and never forget what he has done for us for so many years."
Mr Aubrey was planning to speak at a planned Hinkley C protest rally next weekend.
An Oxford graduate, he began his journalistic career as a general reporter on the Hampshire Chronicle.
He joined Time Out magazine and was one of the first investigative reporters to focus on the environment and nuclear energy. He came to prominence when he was arrested under the Official Secrets Act in 1977. He and fellow defendants John Berry and Duncan Campbell made national headlines when they appeared at the Old Bailey. They were convicted on a lesser charge and given non-custodial sentences.