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Generating Pressure:

The Campaign against Nuclear Power at Druridge Bay

Bridget Gubbins

“An atomic power station? It can’t be true!” Plans for one in your favourite beauty spot have just been announced. What do you do?

The people in North East England faced this problem when they discovered in 1978 that unspoiled, windswept Druridge Bay in Northumberland was to be the site of nuclear power stations.

In their own words, people describe how they learned to challenge the mighty nuclear industry. How they rallied local public opinion, lobbied politicians, tackled the arguments. How they gained the confidence to do it.

Generating Pressure tells how the Druridge Bay Campaign was built up into a formidable organisation from the simplest beginnings. It is a lively description of the role of a pressure group in a democracy.

Generating Pressure covers the campaign against nuclear power at Druridge Bay from December 1978 until November 1989 when the government announced a moratorium on the development of nuclear power until a review in 1994. The Druridge Bay Campaign continued to oppose nuclear power at Druridge Bay and also started tackling the threat posed by commercial sand extraction. Power at Bay provides an account and analysis of how it successfully fought off the threat of a nuclear power station and halted commercial sand extraction.


  1. Nuclear power at Druridge?
    1978 – 1981 New pressure group, the Druridge Bay Association
  2. Friends of the Earth Mid-Northumberland
    1983 Reviving the opposition
  3. Druridge Bay Campaign – a Federation
  4. The CEGB is determined
  5. Radiation and Chernobyl
    1984 – 1986
  6. Political development
    1985 – 1987
  7. The arguments
    1983 – 1989 Environment, safety, better alternatives, jobs, nuclear waste
  8. What people have done
    1983 – 1989
  9. Pressure building up
    1988 – 1989

A5 paperback format, perfect bound, 160 pages, 27 black & white photos, 2 maps, 8 line drawings by Jane Gifford; published December 1991


There’s a lot to be learned about the nature of citizen protest and the dynamics of mobilising individuals and whole communities in the art of exerting democratic pressure.

Jonathon Porritt, writing in the Foreword

The author

Bridget Gubbins grew up in the North East, trained as a teacher, and travelled in Eastern and Central Europe and the USA. She returned to the North East in 1976 with her family and has been involved with the Druridge Bay Campaign since 1983, first as a volunteer, later as Publicity and Information Officer.

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