In the late 1970s, exploratory surveys of uranium-rich land just north of Stromness were planned, to great public opposition. The Orcadian protests were much more subdued than those seen in London yesterday. Around four hundred people turned up on Broad Street for a silent protest and many children were present.
Plan of proposed drilling area from The Scotsman dated 23rd February 1977
Images taken from the Press & Journal dated 9th of February 1977
The government ministers involved tried appearing on a festive Strictly Come Dancing special to win folk over but the population were moved by neither sequins nor prowess with a flippy little cape and the plans for drilling were dropped.
Information taken from the Ernest Walker Marwick Collection reference D31/28/2