Peace campaigners from across UK pay tribute at memorial

George Farebrother SUS-150704-105907001
George Farebrother SUS-150704-105907001

A memorial service has been held to honour popular peace campaigner George Farebrother, who has died.

The service, held at Cross Way Church in Seaford on March 28, was attended by representatives from peace organisations all over the country, who paid tribute to ‘an outstanding campaigner’, ‘a visionary’ and ‘an extraordinary man’.

Bruce Kent, vice chair of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, travelled down from his London home to attend the memorial service and spoke warmly of the work Mr Farebrother did.

Tributes were also paid by Robert Green, who worked with Mr Farebrother on the World Court Project, which successfully resulted in the historic judgment in 1996 by the International Court of Justice at the Hague to declare nuclear weapons to be generally illegal. This provided the basis of much of Mr Farebrother’s work, along with other lawyers in international law, until his death.

Mr Farebrother was Secretary of Eastbourne for Peace and Liberty and was admired and respected for his work, which brought awareness of what he believed was the ‘criminality’ of nuclear weapons to the general public and Westminster.

Mr Farebrother often wrote letters and organised vigils and demonstrations that were regularly published in the Eastbourne Herald, many of which responded to world events that threatened peace.

Before becoming an influential figure in the world of peace campaigning, Mr Farebrother was head of history at a state secondary school. Mr Farebrother died on February 5 and is survived by his wife, Jean Farebrother.