A long time public amenity used by walkers and ramblers, access to the Old Head was stopped over a year ago when 'the new owners' of the headland, an exclusive golfing concern, deemed the area to be private property. Although the public's right of access to the Old Head has been the subject of ongoing legal action - now in the Supreme Court - yesterday was the first real attempt to reclaim the Old Head area for the public. It was a huge success!
About 150 people turned up outside the scenic main entrance for the protest picnic, and after plenty of eating and singing discussion began on 'what to do'. Despite the fact that the golf course and the access to the walking area was protected by a high rampart wall and razor wire, protesters overran the security heavies and carrying flags (including the RED and BLACK) and banners. In all nearly 60 people scaled the fences and marched along the traditional route of the 'Old Head walk'. Avoiding confrontation and harassment from Golf Course security, the group held a protest meeting at the Old Head Lighthouse and then returned to the picnic area.
Although a huge success, there was nevertheless some real issues for concern:
Quote of the Protest: "Are we not rich enough to walk on the grass" (A young protester in response to Golf Security ordering her away from one of the immaculate putting greens.)
A provisional date for the next protest at the Old Head has been set for the last Sunday of July - Same Time, Same Venue. PASS ON THE WORD!!!
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