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Monday, August 23, 1999 Published at 15:24 GMT 16:24 UK

UK: Scotland

Peace caravan becomes museum piece

Campaigners have been at Faslane since 1982

A caravan which was once used by anti-nuclear campaigners has been restored and given pride of place in a Scottish museum.

The caravan, used by activists at the Faslane Peace Camp on the River Clyde, has been included in a new exhibition at Glasgow's Museum of Transport.

It was restored with a grant from Glasgow City Council and the exhibition also includes a four minute archive film explaining why the peace camp was set up and how individuals became involved.

The caravan, which was latterly the home of David Dragonetti, nicknamed Disco Dave, who lived there for two years while protesting at the Faslane site, has been painted maroon, yellow and blue.

Slogans promoting peace have also been daubed on it.

'Quite honoured'

Mr Dragonetti said he is "quite honoured" his old home is now a museum exhibit and said he believes it was a good idea.

"This is an advertisement," he said. "It is better than a TV advertisement from the campaigners because it is going to be here for ever and ever.

"Not everyone can travel all the way to the peace camp so people can come here and look at this."

The camp was started in 1982 when the UK Government announced it would be buying Trident missiles from the US.

Founder members

Two of its founder members were at the launch of the exhibition on Monday.

Robert Harrison, 84, and his wife Margaret, 81, both from Dumbarton, said they had started the campaign to raise people's awareness of the nuclear issue and were very pleased with the exhibition.

Liz Cameron, Convenor of Glasgow City Council's cultural and leisure services committee, said: "This colourful display represents a part of contemporary social history which visitors to the Museum of Transport will find fascinating.

"Having something like this that teaches people social history is very important."

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