Meanwhile, at the heavily defended North gate, other veteran campaigners from Greater Manchester and District CND lay down in the road to disrupt traffic to the base. Rae Street, Pat Sanchez and Mai Chatham from Littleborough, and Hilary Williams from Liverpool were all arrested for breach of the peace after being removed by the police. Pat Sanchez has been a regular visitor to Faslane for some years.
The purpose of Betty's blockade of Faslane was twofold: to bring people to witness and impede the nuclear base where Britain's nuclear weapons are deployed, and enable them to demonstrate the range of serious concerns - from human rights to climate change - that people in the real world consider to be the vital challenges for the 21st century.
When Betty was asked 'why continue to campaign if the decision has been made to replace Trident?' she said: "Margaret Beckett has said that the decision to replace Trident "is reversible" and there will be another vote at the end of the concept period. This gives us two years to strengthen our campaign and build on the huge revolt we saw amongst the back benches on the 14th March this year." Betty continued: "My age is no impediment to my commitment to nuclear disarmament. I have been campaigning for over 40 years and I am not about to stop now."
At a time when Tony Blair has put on the political agenda the prospect of spending some £76 billion or more to keep nuclear weapons in Scotland until at least the year 2055, Betty’s action has focused attention on the dangerous insecurity and waste of resources inherent in the Trident nuclear system.