This edition was
of particular significance in that it was, for the first time,
produced using a, then, state-of-the-art Xerox photocopying machine.
Where it was located and how much it was used is not for public
At the time this edition
was produced there was enormous opposition to the railway from
the people of Alton and Oakamoor which resulted in a public meeting
being called by The Churnet Valley Action Group. The action took
place in Oakamoor village hall. On the "panel" were
representatives from BR, Staffordshire County Council and me.
I wouldn't say we were taken apart and I hesitate to use the
term "lynch mob" but believe me, it got pretty heated.
One of the main arguments against our scheme was the damage we
would inflict upon the wildlife - we later found out that shooting
in the valley around Alton and Oakamoor was commonplace hence
the sarcastic reference to the (fictitious) Oakamoor and Alton
Shotgun Owners Group!