Gerald Holtom’s Peace sign of all times

THE designer of the internationally recognised peace symbol, Gerald Holtom, has been acknowledged with a blue plaque unveiled earlier this month on Blackstock Road in Finsbury Park by The Speaker of LB Hackney Clare Potter with a representative from CND.

“It’s great that we can celebrate this heritage by acknowledging the local origin of the world-recognised peace symbol designed by Gerald Holtom.”

The plaque, funded by the LBH Council, was placed at the former offices of ‘Peace News’, where Gerald presented his design 60 years ago, as a symbol to unite protesters who eventually came under the banner of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).

The origin of the symbol included the use of the semaphore flag signalling system for the letters ‘N’ and ‘D’, standing for ‘nuclear disarmament’.

There was no copyright put on the design and it was quickly adopted across the world as a global symbol for peace.

Daughter Rosie Holtom said: “Everyone in the family is proud of the symbol and how it has come to represent peace and hope all over the world.”

The Speaker of Hackney, Clare Potter, added: “Hackney has a long history of being a home for radical thought, from the dissidents buried at Abney Park Cemetery to the conscientious objectors of the CND movement.”

Gerald Holtom, Artist

Left: The Speaker of LB Hackney Clare Potter with a representative from CND • Photo: @Rosie Holtom