Dissent a great way to connect 'golden' people
Well-known activist Lin Patterson made her first placard to join the famous civil rights marches at Selma in California in 1965 and went on to become heavily involved in the protests against the Vietnam War.
After moving to Britain in 1971, the Falklands and Afghanistan conflicts persuaded her to pick up the placards again and getting older has proved to be a catalyst for the veteran peace campaigner to go into battle on a wider range of issues.
The 67-year-old from Bath has thrown herself behind both national and local campaigns ranging from climate change to bus services and hit the headlines when she camped in toilets threatened with closure.
"I feel people my age have a great deal to offer," she said. "We have been around quite a bit by now and can see through some of the distortions and illusions that pass as reality. Now my family has grown up I no longer have to provide the child rearing which leaves me with more time, but I am busier than ever.
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"I work as a psychotherapist two days a week and as well as the toilet campaign, I am a Quaker, a trustee of a community centre and sit on Bath People's Assembly."
Although she burns the candle at both ends taking part in protests, sending emails and organising petitions, Lin says she also benefits from her campaigning zeal.
Although it can take years to achieve small victories, she says her experience over the years has taught her that you can make a difference if you persevere.
"But the real secret is that if you get involved you meet people who are generally loving, happy people," she said. "If you put yourself forward and take risks you meet people who have the courage of their convictions and live their lives accordingly. Golden people. When you are young you often have to compromise but as you get older you can speak without being worried you will be penalised in some way. I am busier and happier now than I have ever been in my life."