The 2012 article, headed by image of pamphlet Indecency in Church, begins:
[see comment by "anubis" below for corrections]
Many years ago (Sunday, October 2, 1966) a group of protesters disrupted a sermon being given by George Brown in the Dorset Gardens Methodist Church.
So many years have passed -- yet tragically little has changed; the world remains in the hands of those who make their millions from the violence they fund. Remember -- the American invaders dropped much more tonnage of bombs on Vietnam than was dropped by all powers in World War II -- and everyday, scores of Vietnamese are injured and killed by the unexploded scatter bombs they've left behind. And before it even got hotted up, Eisenhower had said (reported in his memoirs), "we couldn't allow free elections because the communists would win!"
WALTER, Nicholas [Nicolas] and others: affray during a demonstration in Dorset Garden[s] Methodist Church, Brighton against Harold WILSON MP and George BROWN MP. Prosecuted by Brighton Police following advice by DPP
The naming of a defendant within this catalogue does not imply guilt.
Notes from the public record
(as accessed some time ago)
File DPP 2/4306 WALTER, [Nicolas] & others: affray during a demonstration in Dorset Garden[s] Methodist Church, Brighton against Harold WILSON MP and George BROWN MP. Prosecuted by Brighton Police following advice by DPP [Director of Public Prosecutions] 1966-1967.
File Contents: Index, lists, 19 statements totalling 48pp., plus 3 ‘documents’ which are -
21-10-66 Choir member: 'arty' type said to have been ‘talking in a strong voice’ [underlined]; heard word 'Hypocrite'; general confusion. Caretaker: one called out after George Brown reading, hustled out of gallery, then immediate outburst when Wilson began: [AA] trying to read from a paper; heard 'Vietnam' and 'Hypocrite'; [Jim R] standing, struggled. Persons escorted out. 15 mins disturbance. 500 present, "many upset and distressed by this riotous conduct"; general uproar.
9-10 Member of choir: "It struck me that the main theme was 'Vietnam'."
8-10 ... as far as could ascertain, only damage 1 broken glass tumbler, but (allegedly) people upset; also ‘violent’ & ‘unseemly’; women crying, fainting; 95-year-old, elderly, children frightened.
Verdict: Guilty of joint offences; no evidence offered re individual ones. Nicolas W and Jim R got 2 months, other 6 fined £5. All said they were going to appeal, and to ask meaning of 'indecent' [behaviour in church] in the charge; 'riotous' and 'violent' had been deleted from the charge after the defence argued they were ‘wrong in law’.
|The Solidarity group published a 36-page pamphlet on Vietnam in December 1973|
Jim Radford has spoken about the occasion in an interview, and claimed authorship of the pamphlet about it,, published by the Committee of 100:
Sue A as Secretary of the Committee of 100 had organised and participated a London-Paris walk against French nuclear tests in the Pacific a couple of months previously.
Andy Anderson was the author of the classic 48-page Solidarity booklet on the Hungarian Revolution of 1966.