Charles Barnett, Chairman of the Shut Down Sizewell Campaign has died after a short illness at the age of ninety-three years of age.
Charles founded the Campaign over thirty years ago, and was its Chairman taking his last meeting in July 2018. He died peacefully at Ipswich Hospital on 10th August..
The Campaign has hundreds of members both in the UK and overseas. Charles was a lifetime member of the ‘Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’ and he believed strongly that nuclear power is an unsafe and unnecessary source of energy. Over many years, he took part in campaigning, lobbying Parliament, letter writing, and protests, and was an ardent advocate to end nuclear energy at the Sizewell site in Suffolk.
He characteristically led the Campaign with both determination and passion to the very end of his life, and he remained aware of all the current issues and developments within the nuclear industry.
Joan Girling of TASC (Together Against Sizewell C) said ‘”Charles was an inspirational and constant campaigner with willingness to give help and advice to the last. We will always miss his knowledge and his indomitable character both of which are irreplaceable’
Tom Griffith-Jones, on behalf of the Campaign, said ‘Charles Barnett was a man of strong principles with a deep concern for the well-being of the world and its inhabitants. Where he found abuse and deception, as in the nuclear industry, he tackled it head-on, and was unconcerned by the reactions of others. He was a great campaigner who continued to call abusers to account for decades, and would want us all to do the same for the future.’
Mr Barnett leaves a family of three sons Michael, Lawrence and Robert, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 1.00 p.m. at the Greenwood Burial Ground in Saxmundham on Thursday 16th August.