Fenella Fielding, a voice for human rights
Fenella Fielding was more than a wonderful actor (A velvet-voiced star of stage who was trapped in a camp cul-de-sac, 13 September; Obituary, 13 September). On 10 December 1978 she sat on the back of a lorry in Hyde Park, London, and read, in that inimitable voice, the United Nations declaration of human rights to the assembled crowd of Amnesty International supporters.
It was pouring with rain. Despite that, Jane Ewart-Biggs (later baroness), widow of the recently assassinated British diplomat, was raised on a hoist to light a candle in barbed wire, followed by Tom Robinson and his band, also perched on the back of the lorry, singing Sing If You’re Glad to Be Gay. A memorable occasion.
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