By Robert Heaven

CIRENCESTER has seen many civil protests over the centuries.

Most people are acquainted with events of the Civil War, when in 1642 Lord Chando’s coach was destroyed by a mob when he attempted to execute Charles I’s Commission of Array in Cirencester.

A painting of this hangs in the Old Bingham Library in Dyer Street.

In more recent years there have been all manner of peaceful protests - political and civil.

Keep Britain Tidy was current in 1977 and Greenham Common sympathisers congregated on the steps of the magistrates court in 1983.