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Memorial marks campaigner's death
Jill Phipps
Jill Phipps was killed at a protest at Coventry Airport
Friends and relatives of an animal rights campaigner killed during a protest in Coventry are to mark the 10th anniversary of her death.

Jill Phipps, a mother-of-one, was crushed under the wheels of a livestock transporter at Coventry's Baginton Airport on 1 February 1995.

The 31-year-old had been protesting against the live exports of veal calves from the airport.

Her mother, Nancy, and supporters will lay flowers near where she died.

'Celebrate life'

Family friend John Curtin said the flower-laying ceremony would be low-key at a memorial stone erected to Miss Phipps at the airport site.

A march has also been planned through Coventry city centre on Saturday.

Organisers said they were expecting hundreds of people from across the country to attend the event at the weekend and pay their respects.

A film about the protester's life will also be shown for the first time while a poem about her by Benjamin Zephaniah will be read.

Mr Curtin said: "It will be emotional for Nancy. Mothers never get over losing their children.

"It's tragic in every sense but we are determined to celebrate her life, to celebrate the courage she showed.

"Jill wouldn't have wanted to give up the fight."

Miss Phipps, from the Hillfields area of Coventry, and her partner, Justin, were among 34 campaigners trying to prevent freight company Phoenix Aviation exporting veal calves from the airport.

Her funeral was held at Coventry Cathedral on St Valentines Day and was attended by more than 1,000 people, including film star Brigitte Bardot.




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