Justin Thomas Photography

U2

 U2

On the beach outside Sellafield Nuclear Power Station, UK


I’d been to U2’s show at The GMEX in Manchester. There’d been talk that they would be launching their anti-nuclear protest the following day, but no-one knew where, as they had some kind of injunction served on them. I was at the after- show party, and asked Peter Gabriel if he could help me. He told me he wasn’t allowed to give up the information, but gave me a hint that it was ’warm and wet’. Me and my colleagues pulled out a map, and hit on Barrow-in Furness (FURNACE: warm? wet? - By the sea!). We drove through the night and arrived there at about 6am, not a soul. We decided to take a punt on Sellafield itself. When we arrived we were greeted by Greenpeace activists in white boiler suits . I asked if this was where the protest would take place? » See that boat over there? if you run fast enough, syou might get it. « I ran as fast as i could for about a mile, watching this boat making it’s way inland, and arrived just as they were disembarking with separate oil cans for each country of the UK. The PR woman was very annoyed to see me and did her utmost to prevent me getting a shot. I told her this was public land and that she didn’t own the beach, all the while clicking away. It was a VERY long and tiring journey back to London, but I had the shots in the bag!

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