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Haytor Love-in
Haytor Love-in

Haytor Love-in 1967


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Haytor Love-in 1967

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A hippie love-in is staged at Haytor as the counterculturists gather in August on Dartmoor in Devon. Scott Mckenzie’s If you are going to San Francisco, be sure to wear flowers in your hair, becomes the hippie anthem gently emancipating a younger generation to experiment with drugs and sex. It was as much a reaction against governments and the war in Vietnam as it was against society. Slogans include Make Love Not War, Free Love and We are the Flower Children.

The Summer of Love reaches Plymouth on 25 August 1967. The artist Kenneth-Edward Swinscoe is a founder member of Peace at Will Hippie Commune in the Lee Mill area of Plymouth. Haytor is a Dartmoor honeyspot attracting tourists, climbers and abseilers. It is the backdrop to Knights of the Roundtable (1953) starring Robert Taylor and Ava Gardner. The quarry provided granite for the London Bridge sold to Lake Havasu City in Arizona in 1970 and hinted at in TV’s Auf Wiedersehen Pet in 2002 where the migrant labourers reconstruct Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge on a Native American Reservation in Arizona.

The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is the regional film archive for the South West of England. Established in 1993, SWFTA's core collection comprises of the combined programme libraries of Westward Television and TSW (Television South West). The archive also cares for a significant number of donated film collections, both amateur and professional, dating back to the early 1900s.


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