Salop Assizes 1949

peter_roscoe_jpg1With Peter Roscoe

… and Falling in to the Arms of Phoebe

In July 1949, Jack (later Lord) Wolfenden, then in his penultimate year as Headmaster at Shrewsbury School, would have read in the Shrewsbury Chronicle of the arrest and imprisonment of two local men: a clerk and a photographer, for the crime of gross indecency. Maybe his gay son, Jeremy, then 15 years old, read it too.

The presentation will be about the men arrested.

Inevitably some speculation too – how did such a “sensational story” impact on small town rural Shrewsbury, in particular, it’s gay men (both “high & “low”)?

Peter’s introduction to gay activism was in 1970, going to his first GLF disco. At that time he was a student at the University of Essex. (GLF badge wearers got in cheaper!!).

He grew up in Macclesfield, Cheshire. As a 1960’s teenager, he stumbled across the cruising areas of Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens and News’ Theatre in Oxford Road, being oblivious to the implications of the Sexual Offences Act 1967. Icons were the Beatles and Germaine Greer.

Since 1984 he has lived in Shrewsbury, Shropshire with Geoff. They have a son, Liam.

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