Hetty Bower, 106, speaking at the Anti-war Assembly in Trafalgar Square 08/10/11
Hetty Bower is quite simply unique. She was born in 1905. She was nine when World War I broke out. She took part in the 1926 General Strike. She has campaigned for progressive causes throughout her adult life.
At 106, she is so committed to the peace movement that she has marched on every Stop the War demonstration over the past ten years, only complaining that we walk "too slow". As long as her legs hold out, she says, she will continue marching for peace.
Hetty's speech to the Antiwar Assembly in Trafalgar Square on 8 October 2011, recorded in this video, brought tears to the eyes of more that a few who heard it that day.
At the end of the assembly, the crowd in Trafalgar Square lined up behind Hetty, who led a march to Downing Street, where she accompanied ex-soldier Joe Glenton in delivering to prime minister David Cameron an open letter, signed by 22 ex-service men and women, calling for the war in Afghanistan to end and all the troops to come home.
Hetty is, as Jeremy Corbyn MP said when introducing her to the Trafalgar Square crowd, an inspiration to us all.