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60-year-old miner Ted Hughes meets the young generation who are camping out beside

60-year-old miner Ted Hughes meets the young generation who are camping out beside


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60-year-old miner Ted Hughes meets the young generation who are camping out beside

60-year-old miner Ted Hughes meets the young generation who are camping out beside the field which will hold the Bickershaw ppp festival next week. The hippies are: Phillip Bridge, Richard Truman and Bob Downes (from left to right).
April 1972

mirrorpix
Newport
Isle of Wight
England
WA*2832426

Media ID 21400216

© Mirrorpix

Core76 Hippies Youth Culture 1972


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In this print from April 1972, we witness a remarkable encounter between generations that epitomizes the cultural shifts of the 20th century. Aged but resilient, 60-year-old miner Ted Hughes stands amidst a group of vibrant young hippies who have set up camp beside the very field that will soon host the Bickershaw ppp festival. The image captures an intriguing juxtaposition of ideals and experiences. On one side, we see Ted Hughes, weathered by years spent toiling underground in pursuit of livelihood. His lined face tells stories of struggle and perseverance, embodying a generation shaped by hard work and sacrifice. Yet here he is, open-mindedly engaging with these free-spirited youngsters who represent an entirely different way of life. The three hippies – Phillip Bridge, Richard Truman, and Bob Downes – stand alongside Ted in casual attire that defies conventionality. Their long hair flows freely as they embrace counterculture values such as peace and love. This meeting symbolizes a bridge between two worlds: traditionalism meets rebellion; experience meets youthfulness. This photograph serves as a powerful reminder that societal change can be found even in unexpected places like Bickershaw's fields. It encapsulates the essence of youth culture during the 1970s when idealism clashed with established norms. As we gaze upon this snapshot frozen in time, it prompts us to reflect on how each generation shapes our collective history while reminding us that understanding and acceptance can transcend

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