Shedding 'The Light' on the crime of the century

LAST April, Ilkley saw the establishment of a Stand in the Park gathering when a solitary resident, fed up with the whole ridiculous business, was moved to go down to the park near the River Wharfe with his yellow flag and make a stand for freedom.


Pretty soon he was joined by a few others and within weeks the gathering was attracting a dozen people or so.


The numbers grew and some found their way from the neighbouring town of Otley, and when the Otley folk were of sufficient numbers, it was decided to set up a group in Otley itself. All along, when the gatherings took place, The Light paper was distributed among members.


The Otley group now has a regular membership of some 60 people from a standing start of around six just three months ago. The Ilkley group has a similar number and both groups are growing by the week. People come to our gatherings from as far away as Skipton, Leeds, Bradford and Harrogate.


The purchase of The Light papers and their distribution to houses, pubs, cafes, shops and businesses of all kinds is gathering pace; and there is no doubt that the paper serves as a wonderful introduction and starting point of discussion for those who know that something is fishy but have never enjoyed a platform nor attended an assembly where they could meet and discuss their concerns, anxieties and contrary feelings.

The Stand in the Park meets have been a catalyst for social events, countryside walks, musical evenings and have been the support structure that many have craved throughout these past two years.


Deep and lasting friendships have been forged between people who have all experienced losses of one sort or another and who feel passionately enough about the crimes being committed in the name of covid that they are moved to do something.


This ‘something’ can be anything between supporting and befriending one another in a quiet and compassionate way, to taking direct action with stickers, signs, yellow board roundabout events, city demonstrations, school leafleting where necessary and going out into the community, armed with The Light papers and dealing directly with members of the public, in an effort to help them see the alternative to the government narrative that has been hammered home to them constantly these past two years.


We expanded our group by:

  • Increasing our Light circulation.

  • Including with papers a lovely, professional, colour printed leaflet

  • Word of mouth - we have a very enthusiastic team who are not shy in spreading the word.

  • Putting The Light in pubs, cafes, barbers, etc.

  • Social media via telegram sites... Ilkley and Otley have their own groups.

  • Social functions with friends and their friends being invited.

  • We have employees in shops and supermarkets who are awake to any possible sceptics, i.e. non- mask wearers. We have a delightful supermarket employee who does a great job here, sitting at her till spotting the likely converts. She could get a job as a recruitment consultant and I’ve told her so.

This approach is not always easy. Some people are so hypnotised for want of a better word, that anger and disbelief can be the response. Nonetheless they are worth persevering with, not in an argumentative sense but with a listening ear, if only to make them think.


However, in the experience of this writer, the vast majority of people, when approached in a courteous and positive way, with the Light as a symbol of truth, it is seen as a blessed relief to the incessant doom and gloom of the mainstream press that relishes in black propaganda of the most frightening sort.


The pub owners, shopkeepers, hairdressers, vets, cafes and businesses of all kinds are taking The Light papers in Otley because their customers and clients are reading them.

One establishment called the Leeds Cafe takes six copies of the paper every month.

A recent convert to the paper, a hairdresser called Helen, was so taken with it that she asked how it was paid for. When I explained that it was people-funded and that, yes, I had bought my copies and was giving them away, she was so impressed that she offered to pay towards the costs. I declined the offer but this lady was so genuine and heartfelt that I know she will read and promote the paper from now on.

She is also joining our Stand in the Park.

An Iraqi hairdresser who takes copies for his salon told me that he much prefers The Light over The Times which he has to pay for.


There are wonderful responses both from people who have known from the beginning of the ‘scamdemic’ that all was not well, and from those who have come to this conclusion gradually.


Many have had the jab but now realise that being led down this route has been futile and false, and the anger in these victims can be acute.

It is a constant source of satisfaction to witness, in many cases, the palpable draining away of stress and anxiety from the faces of people when they realise that they are not alone and that there are millions just like them and that they have a real voice in a concrete and practical way with a printed newspaper. A paper, I hasten to add, that has been said to me on numerous occasions contains the highest standards of professional journalism.



The Wharfedale towns of Ilkley and Otley are driving on with their efforts at helping local people to come to terms with what can only be described as the crime of the century.


As the terrible and disastrous consequences of the government policies of the last two years become more exposed, and the death counts and illnesses from lockdown policies and vaccine programmes become more widely known, our growing numbers here in Wharfedale will be doing our best to help our communities come to terms with the fallout.


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