Posts Tagged ‘Kev Goodall’

The funny side of protesting

Although their were big concerns over what Southern Water were proposing back in 1996 there is always the humorous side when coming to protesting. The famous cartoonist Rubert Besley offered his help during the campaign and drew up some great cartoons. Here are a selection of drawings by Rubert Besley and Jo Blackley that were used on banners, t-shits, handouts, posters and leaflets. One of the pictures shows Kev Goodall wearing one of the t-shits worn during the demonstration march on the 8th of May 1996 from Yaverland to Sandown Pier.

SAS demonstration march at Sandown

In 1996 Southern Water were proposing to build a massive network of pipes to pump all of the Island’s sewage to Yaverland and discharge it through a 3.25kn pipe into Sandown Bay after only giving the sewage Primary Treatment (this means they only actually filter out the big lumps). It was going to cost the in excess of £70 million and cause major disruption to the Island. At that time I was studying part time at the IW College and decided I wanted to try and do something positive about our sea’s around the Island. Being a surfer I had come down with nasty colds, sore throats etc etc.. after surfing at Little Hope Beach or Ventnor. I wrote to many individuals including all the Island councillors, Professors of Biology, HR Prince Charles and many others. I contacted the Surfers Against Sewage who were well aware of Southern Waters proposals and they made me the Islands representative for the SAS. Surfers Against Sewage, along with local people and the IW Surf Club then organised a protest march along Sandown sea front from Yaverland to Sandown Pier to raise awareness of what Southern Water were planning to do. Surfers Against Sewage turned up in wetsuits with the gas masks on, many Island surfers were there, along with hundreds of concerned Islanders.