- HERE’S ONE THEY DID EARLIER… SEE THE FILM DOCUMENTARY BELOW.
In 1963 and 1964 RAF planes flew in a straight line from Aldeburgh, Suffolk to Downham Market on the Norfolk/Cambridgeshire border pumping out a Zinc Cadmium Sulphide at a rate of 2.4llbs per minute.
Incomplete data means it is impossible to say exactly how many times the experiment was carried out but up to 10 sorties were planned and there is no evidence to suggest scheduled tests did not go ahead.
Shortly before the tests government officials set up drum impact ‘readers’ around the city and countryside to catch the florescent particles as they landed in Norwich and Norfolk.
Later these drum readers were collected and examined using a torch. With further calculation it was thought scientists would be able to estimate the concentration of the particles within the air.
In the 1990s documents outlining the tests and how they were carried out were released into the public domain and widespread concern followed quickly.
Keen to allay public fears on the matter the government sought a panel of scientists to carry out an independent review. After many months a Prof Lachmann – a veterinary expert from Cambridge University – was appointed, and soon after a team of scientists were also chosen.
Lachmann’s team spent some days looking over documents supplied by Porton Down and came to the conclusion the tests would not have caused any adverse health affects in the areas where they were carried out. Soon after this information was issued Prof Lachmann received a knighthood.
In 2005 Wyn Parry, a surgeon at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, claimed he was seeing 200 new oesophageal cancer registrations in Norfolk per year – double the national average.