22 October 1999
Farmers lift blockade on ELF depot

ANGRY farmers have lifted their blockade of a major fuel depot in protest at Frances refusal to lift the ban on British beef.

More than 100 farmers gathered outside the Manchester Fuel Terminal on the Trafford Park industrial estate in Greater Manchester, last night, reports the London Evening Standard.

The demonstrators targeted the depot because it acts as a storage facility for the French-owned ELF fuel giant.

They said they stopped a dozen lorries entering or leaving the terminal in the first hour.

The unofficial action involved farmers from Cheshire, Lancashire, North Wales and Staffordshire.

Spokesman Tom Horton, a Cheshire beef farmer, said:

“We have closed off the depot, but our grief is not with the fuel suppliers, it is with the French government.

On Wednesday leaders of south-west farmers warned they would widen the targets of their protests, which had been confined to ports and supermarkets.

“As far as we are concerned this is only the first of a series of protests.”