The collective noun for the Sumatran Tiger is a streak, I learned this from ‘Stark Truth About Stripping Off For Charity’; published in The Guardian (16/07/17) shortly after London Zoo held its Tiger Streak in aid of the endangered species, hence the reference. In her Comment is Free piece, Barbara Ellen argued that charity or protest nudity, usually female, is more-or-less automatic these days and perhaps, passé.
Naturists have long held the belief that our nudity is not sexual and, quite frankly, we can tell people this until we are blue in the face, they simply won’t believe us. So it is hardly surprising that Ellen doesn’t believe us either, stating protagonists in charity/protest events: ‘furiously insist that it’s completely asexual…’ yet she thinks it’s more about being the quickest and easiest way to grab attention in a world swamped with news. Very probably, taking just one example; does anyone beyond the actual riders know what WNBR is about? Their audience, seeing them whizz by are more caught up in the spectacle of mass nudity than reading the anti-car, anti-fossil fuel signs daubed on bodies, if there are any.
That does not take away from the value of the ride or the ethics of those who take part, but maybe our explanations about the non-sexual nature of nudism are not good enough to be believable to those not into the lifestyle, like Barbara Ellen and the reason why naturists need good answers when asked: why?
Is Glastonbury Now Tame?
When I was young, too young to attend Glastonbury (not that my parents’ would have let me go anyway) there were stories of festival goers dancing nude to the music on offer. I’m not sure if this was due to the time we are speaking of (the 60s, flower power and all that) or if it just saved on the washing, it being easier to clean bodies than clothes, but back then, it seemed to be a part of the right of passage for anyone in their teenage years. Then it trailed off, with few if any taking their clothes off, until this year. As noted by News Hub New Zealand (26/06/17), Rachel Rousham, protesting on behalf of The White Ribbon Alliance, joined the Avalonian Choir and festival founder, Michael Eavis for a pro-feminist protest on stage. She was naked except for patches of body paint and the words, ‘feminist,’ ‘resist’ and ‘persist’ covering her body. The White Ribbon Alliance, if you don’t know, demand the right for all women to give birth safely, everywhere. Rousham was not the only nude reveller this year, however. A naked man popped up on live TV earning a shoutout from The Foo Fighters frontman, David Grohl.
Talking of the WNBR, York held that city’s 12th ride this year and during an interview with Minster FM’s David Dunning, John Cossham admitted that the nudity was to draw media attention that fancy dress would not, apart from the usual protest against the car and reliance on fossil fuels, it symbolised the vulnerability of cyclists to highlight the deaths on British roads, and held a die-in in St Helen’s Square for added poignancy. A clip of the die-in was also published by Road CC (27/06/17), of when a woman of… let’s say mature years, enjoying tea in Betty’s Tearooms knocked on the window to get a better look at the naked riders!
Bears in the Air
Technology has affected naturism in some unexpected ways. We’ve already seen how the combination of the Internet, mobile technology and photography has seen the end pictures being taken. We have something new to worry about, the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or drones armed with a camera or Go-Pro. An article on The Next Web tells of a group of ‘pervy’ men to sent up their drone in Majorca to spy on seven female naturists. Could this ruin naturism totally? Only if you let it. Fear of pictures turning up on the many unsavoury porn sites on the Internet led to many clubs (allegedly) banning mobile phones from the premises or it becoming against beach etiquette to take any pictures. While the fear is real, so many pictures are uploaded to the internet the likelihood that yours will be picked out is, quite frankly, minute. It is the same for drones. While it is certainly intrusive and undoubtedly annoying, naturists should not be afraid if a drone flies overhead for similar reasons. The media – them again – give a false impression just how frequent this will happen, and when the UK introduces registration for any Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) over 25 grammes, it will be even less. If, however, naturists insist on worrying about UAV then maybe we need to worry about police helicopters too?
What next for INF?
NAG has already published an account of the chaotic meeting of the General Assembly in Vienna, for the International Naturist Federation (INF) to elect a president. An ‘executive summary’ is that after a meeting of the Legal Council, which included past President Sieglinde Ivo, the only candidate left for re-election was Sieglinde Ivo. Even with one candidate to vote for, the way the chairman for the meeting organised it, no one could vote against Ivo’s re-election, delegates could only vote for her or abstain. Doubt has also been thrown up that the Legal Council was/is correctly
An English Person’s Castle…
This is being written in late June and if predictions are correct then a 40 year old record for a June heatwave would be broken. But not everything is rosy.
People have taken to sunbathing nude in their gardens and The Express (16/06/2017) published an article telling its readers that Surrey Police should be discreet about it after disputes broke out between neighbours. The police spokesperson suggested that if you want to sunbath naked in your garden then you should speak to your neighbours first or make sure that you restrict yourself to a part of the garden that isn’t overlooked.
Is that fair? The article does say that the law extends over the garden space just as it does any public space, but that should also mean the CPS’s advice is equally valid. Yes, talk to your neighbour first. Try to get them to understand that nudity is not automatically illegal and you mean no harm to them.
One thing the article did cover, which is not usually done, is that just because you are gardening (or whatever) naked, this does not give carte-blanche to your neighbours to lean our of windows or climb ladders to watch your efforts at weeding. The police spokesperson told The Express: ‘if you find your neighbour is leaning out of an upstairs window or standing on the top of a step ladder in order to see you then he or she may well be committing an offence.’ Let’s hope that it doesn’t come to that though.
If not the garden, the beach?
As we know, the beach have their own difficulties. Lincolnshire Live (01/06/2017) told readers that the Alford and Mablethorpe Neighbourhood Policing Team were called into action to deal with naked persons walking through the sand dunes at Theddlethorpe beach. They later took to social media to explain the dunes are a National Nature Reserve, not a naturist beach.
The online publication tried to be helpful though, advising the nearest official naturist beach is 87 miles (140 km) from Lincoln, or alternatively they suggested either Holkham Beach or Fraisethorpe, the latter being 69.5 miles (112 km) away, or North Cotes Point, just 38 miles (61 km) from Lincoln.
Like The Express article above, Lincolnshire Live quoted the CPS stating: ‘In the absence of any sexual context… or intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress…’ it is not illegal to be nude in public. As this is so, why can’t local authorities embrace naturism and reap the rewards when the weather is nice… like now? Obviously I can tell you, but don’t have space.
Popular beach off limits
A bit late, I know, but last year The Irish Mirror (11/05/2016) gave voice to Cllr Ger Carthy, Mayor of Wexford, as he warned naturists that public nudity in the Republic is illegal.
He gave the warning after a group of naturists of both sexes were reported to have walked some 10 km (6.2 miles) along Curracloe, a popular coastal area in southern Ireland, and took in a spot of sunbathing. According to the article, this is quite close to where Saving Private Ryan was filmed.
The Irish Naturist Association spokeswoman confirmed that it was against the law in the Republic of Ireland for anyone to appear naked in public, but added: ‘No one has had any issue (in Wexford).’
In a more conciliatory note however, Mayor Carthy told the Wexford People that he thought it possible to find naturists somewhere: ‘more isolated place on the Irish coastline than at popular beauty spots like Curracloe….’ Why should naturist have to put up with second best, the places that nobody else wants? Isn’t our holiday money good enough!
A readers’ survey asked if Ireland should have nudists beaches and 72 per cent said yes, compared to 28 per cent who said no. The Ayes have it, I think.
Only in America…
We’re not living in Maryland, USA. When Chelsea Covington argued that Maryland law allowed women to be bare-chested in public, Ocean City council threw a hissy-fit and passed an emergency ordinance to allow discrimination between men and women because of the amount of fatty tissue they have on their chests.
Ms Covington put her argument to the Worcester County state’s attorney office in the form of a legal brief, who then pass it up the line to the Maryland Attorney General’s office, who is yet to make comment.
Mayor Rick Meehan told the Baltimore Sun: ‘While we respect Ms. Covington’s desire to express what rights she believes she may have, Ocean City is a family resort, and we intend to do whatever is… [necessary to protect] the rights of those families that visit us each year.’ As the name implies, Ocean City is on… er… the Atlantic seaboard with tourism a substantial employer with long wide beach. Now, given how little cloth there is in a modern bikini, how can anyone say that a woman with no top on is going to undermine the rights of families?
In Quebec, Canada CTV News reported on a suspected double murder and suicide at the Adam and Eve campground at Sainte-Brigitte-des-Saults. According to the website, Adam and Eve advertises itself as a: ‘naturalist (sic) campsite for liberated people,’ and the two men and a woman were in a love triangle. Of course tragic incidents like this happen elsewhere too, but would it be a ‘newsworthy’ if it wasn’t for the campsite’s pandering to ‘liberated people’ (i.e. swingers)? It is hard enough to promote naturism without this kind of complication.
Change of Subject
Don’t forget that we are running a Photo Competition with a closing date of 22nd September, so there’s still plenty of time. Please spread the news and go to our dedicated website for more details.
And while I’m here, just want to mention that we do have a Facebook page with 1200 likes, but if you want social media that is a bit more naturist friendly then why not head off to our new page on Naktiv and naturally, you can find us on Twitter too?
Finally, we have just had some excellent weather here in the UK, so if you’ve been out and spoken to non-naturists as you sunbathed, or whatever, then please help us gather the data we need by completing a Casual Naturism Activity Report. You will need to be a registered user of our website, but that only takes a couple of minutes.
Don’t forget to play nice and share.
An urgent message for any of our supporters in the London, UK area.
NAG has conducted the first part of survey on Hampstead Heath today, asking members of the public their opinion of naturism being allowed on the heath. John Paine is planning two follow up sessions on Wednesday 28 June and Saturday 1 July. If you are available either or both afternoons can you please contact John on his private email address email@example.com or call 01865 513103.
In two hours from 2pm, John and three others collected replies from 116 respondents, but as always we need more and hence the two extra sessions.
Apologise to those who are already involved with this project and have indicated that they are unable to assist.
Or perhaps that should read, what is naturism? Over two issues of H&E Naturist, starting in March 2017, Rayner Otter has given us the benefit of his and his Fräulein’s extensive travels and casual observations around naturist Europe and the world. If he has been understood correctly, the premise of his essay is that most young people are not bothered by labels and prefer to be naked among friends, even if those friends decide not to undress themselves and with nudity depending on multiple factors. That organised naturism is either dead or dying and eventually organisations like British Naturism or the INF will disappear. And let’s not omit Naturist Action Group out of this equation either, we are history. The future of naturism is the individual, social nudity is all in the past.
I consider that to be a very bleak prospect, but perhaps Rayner is right. We have seen a massive shift in social attitudes since the 1960s, away from doing things collectively with others to the self. From we to I. Something made more observable by the use of mobile devices connected to the internet via wifi and social media, which in reality is anti-social. You can test this theory yourselves the next time you are on a bus or train. Put away your own mobile device and look around you, what do you see?
So where does this leave naturism, commonly defined as non-sexual social nudity? Exactly where Rayner said it was! Martin Warrilow (H&E Naturist, Opinion, April 2017) seems to think so and, seven years ago, Charlie Simmonds wrote along similar lines when NAG launched itself upon the world, so maybe there is something in it. My problem is that they are observations, made over many months if not years, and unless the observer is omnipresent, they can only see the conditions being observed at that single point in time and place. What occurred in one place on a specific day may not be true for the same place the next day or for a different location, even if it’s the other end of the same beach, on the same day. Casual observations have only limited uses, but people do put great store by them. After all is there not a saying: ‘seen with my own eyes’? We in NAG have supported the idea of academic research in order to further our understanding of the effects of nudity on young minds. Does it corrupt and destabilise it in later life, as so many people seem to think, or does it enhance the mind, creating a body positive image reducing incidents of body dysmorphia? I have no idea, but I await the results of Dr Keon West’s and others research with interest. If we are prepared to do that, why should we not use the same rigour to understand naturism itself?
Ah, you will say, but we have. Hasn’t British Naturism commissioned two surveys, one in 2001 and the other in 2013, done by commercial research companies. They did, the problem is that neither report has been published, and privately, I have been told they never will. So the figure of four million naturists in the UK quoted by Rayner and many others is the result of a leak and has never been substantiated. I have even seen (observation again) someone trying to use it as part of their defence in a magistrate’s court, only to have it dismissed because court officials could not go to a report in the public domain to verify the claim. So, basically, British Naturism has wasted its money.
But lets not be too hasty and dismiss what has been observed by Rayner, Martin and Charlie without consideration. We all know, even if its just a ‘gut feeling’ naturism in the UK has changed as society has changed. People are far more accepting of nudity or being nude, with protests like the World Naked Bike Ride, or those by Femen and PETA attesting to that, but does that really show a greater interest or participation in a clothes free lifestyle. (BTW, Rayner used the term Clothes Unnecessary, abbreviated to CUN; not a good idea because I can see some wag adding a letter to it leading to all kinds of trouble.) We just can’t say, not without asking each and every participant. Even then the answers of one person to a question may not be the same as someone else; the old problem ‘ask 100 x the same question and you get 100 answers’. What we need is not a survey, but two surveys. First one built along similar lines to the surveys commissioned by British Naturism but with more rigorous control over the way its conducted. That doesn’t mean it has to use the Gold Standard of academic research, a commercial researcher like YouGov or Ipsos Mori would be fitting for the project but it will cost more than the £5,000 I believe quoted for the last survey commissioned by British Naturism. It needs to get under the skin of British society and its attitudes to nudity, social or otherwise? It could also tell us, with a moderate degree of accuracy, just how many people in the United Kingdom have a clothes optional attitude to life (not necessarily naturist) and act upon it.
The second survey stems from Stéphane Deschênes’ letter to the INF dated 24 Feb 2016, when he wrote: ‘The INF-FNI needs to remember that naturism is an ideology or philosophy, not an activity.’ It is the question about naturism being an ideology or a philosophy that the second survey will try to answer. We cannot possibly organise a worldwide survey but we can look at doing our corner of it, directing a survey towards UK naturists as a single community, to find out what it thinks. I suspect that it will throw up a lot of contradictions but could also show areas of commonality. It could show if naturism is akin to an article of faith (ideology), something that might be of interest to Christian Naturists, or something different. Such a survey would be helpful to British Naturism (and NAG of course) to understand just who they represent, to H&E Naturist in defining its readership, to existing naturist clubs and to anyone wishing to set one up or perhaps any other type business catering to a niche clientele. It will in effect be a census but one that will be aimed at a specific group of people, those who participate in, and enjoy the clothes free lifestyle.
It sounds, and probably is, a lot of work organising two closely related but very different surveys, and I’m sure there will be a lot of objections to this suggestion. Not least from the ‘it’s too hard’ or ‘why bother’ brigades. From his observations, Rayner has put forward a hypothesis that as a concept clothes free living will loose its distinction in society and be individualistic. Another so called ‘given’ is that children’s psychological development is harmed by seeing adults in the nude, often with the unsubstantiated refrain “but what about the children” heard in court and treated as though it ends all arguments. NAG has been instrumental in persuading British Naturism, and through them the INF, to support research that will either prove or disprove the statement. If, as we suspect, it is nonsense then we shall have in the public domain research that will counter any such statement made in court or elsewhere. In the same manner, we must test Rayner’s hypothesis with research and not blithely accept it as a given fact. If that’s what you want, the bleakness of Rayner’s hypothesis, then what is the point of INF, of British Naturism, of NAG, of club, of H&E Naturist? We might as well pack up now.
Only why should we accept anything without question. Naturists and naturist organisations have used the example of the remarkable journey taken over the last 20 years or so by the LGBT community. Does anyone think that that journey was made possible through just an annual get-together in Gay Pride? Without doubt, organisations like Stonewall also did boring stuff like gather evidence and used the language of politics and business to persuade those with the power to bring about a change in social attitude. Naturists need to do the same, if we want to follow the same path.
Growing Up in a Naked House
There are times when I wish that I grew up as part of a naturist family, who knows how my life would have turned out. Caroline O’Donoghue did and wrote an article for The Pool, listing being comfortable in her own skin as an advantage, but then going on to tell how other family members would do a gentle ‘courtesy’ knock before entering a room, assuming they bothered in the first place. Overall though, the impression given is that O’Donoghue is pleased that she grew up in a nude-friendly household. So much so, O’Donoghue wrote: “…if I’m in a bikini, or in a tiny dress, I feel self-conscious; if I’m nude, I’m delighted with life. Who cares if the people in the opposite apartment can see? I don’t know them! Sure, it’s only a nipple!” While her friend Jen, another frequent visitor to naturist beaches, said: “When a woman is naked, she’s just a woman. When she puts on a bikini, she becomes a product.” I hope I’m not being presumptuous, but surely that can be true of men too, when they put on their Speedo swimming trunks?
Changing Room Lessons
If I had lived in a nude-friendly house then maybe I wouldn’t have gone crashing down to the floor. Let me explain. The changing room for the school gym was communal, just benches with clothes hooks above; a changing room for each gender (we only had two genders in the 1970s). Suddenly the changing room door swung open and the noise the two girls who opened it made was a mixture of laughter and screams. You see, I was in the middle of pulling up my underpants. With the garment in its proper place, I moved quickly the door to slam it shut, only to have my foot slide from under me on the wet floor. Somehow I managed to close the door and got up just as Mr Davis, the PE teacher, walked in through that same door, asking what was all the noise for. We explained and he rolled his eyes. All this could have only taken a minute or so, but it seemed like ages at the time. Later, I learned that a friend had not long left the shower and still been naked when the door was swung open by the girls, and he chose to continue towel drying himself. What else could he do? After a bit of thinking, I wished I could have been that cool.
That is my version of the attitude changing events that Canadian professional tri-althlete, Sarah Kim Bonner went through when she competed in Europe. Bonner described how people would do a strange ‘dance’ in North American changing rooms as they changed clothes under towels, or found somewhere a bit more private. In Europe however, she saw plenty of bare bums as competitors changed in the street after a bike race, or were less coy in changing rooms. What she learned while in Europe hasn’t totally cured her of body insecurities, but Bonner learned that she can control them and whatever her body might look like, its normal.
Defining what is normal is the subject of a well written post for Clothing Optional Trips by an unnamed US blogger and posited that it might be better if all beaches had a clothing optional section. It is based on the unreal versus the real, between the likes of The Kardashians and the likes of you me. Naturally we agree, there should be more clothes optional places, where people can choose to be either adorned or unadorned, or where the two can mix if they want to. Yet, despite the logic of his arguments that such beaches could improve how people perceive their body’s image, is this an argument that would persuade public authorities, either in the UK or the US, to allocate beaches or parts of beaches to nudists? It’s doubtful as the argument put forward is a bit… well fluffy for a politician of any hue to take in, and will… quite frankly ignore.
True, even naturists vote but how often do people link their clothes free lifestyle to politics? We need to talk a different language, one politicians and business people understand, and one they cannot ignore.
Organised naturism began with clubs but for some reason they don’t seem to have to be favoured anymore, at least not in the UK for a
We have the pleasure of publishing our Annual Report for 2017. As always, we would welcome your comments about anything we are doing, or not doing or how we can do things better. If you prefer to either email me direct or any of my colleagues then you do so through the contacts page. Alternative, if your prefer to put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, please send your missive to our registered address marked for the attention of the person you wish to address your question or questions, with a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Just a brief message to remind you all that the photo competition for 2017 is now open for entries.
The theme is Living Naturism, an opportunity for you to show how we live with non-sexual social nudity while at home, enjoying the beach, walking the countryside, relaxing at a club or on holiday. The possibilities are endless.
We may have mentioned before that, apart from donations, the competition is how Naturist Action Group gets its money and the more we have, the more could possibly do. While distinctly UK-centric, some of our actions has an international dimension and will assist naturism as a world movement.
And one last thing, please share this with your other naturist networks.
Chairman, Naturist Action Group,
By Duncan Heenan
I was in a pub a while ago and asked for a pint of Guinness. The barmaid said apologetically that they didn’t keep Guinness. I said I was surprised, because it is quite popular. She replied “Yes, a lot of people ask for it, but there’s no demand.” A crazy statement, but it got me thinking…there’s no demand.
Most naturists who I know would like better acceptance of naturism, more naturist facilities and opportunities generally. However, most of naturists I know also expect someone else to do the work of campaigning. Campaigning is imagined by some as an aggressive sort of ‘in your face’ confrontational thing – and very few of us fancy ‘doing a Steve Gough’. But my experience of campaigning and talking about naturism is not that people are opposed, rather that it’s just something they never really think about. Once you start talking about it, most people are quite interested, or at worst indifferent – but very rarely anti. So I think a lot of people, and organisations, seem to think like the barmaid, that there is ‘no demand’ for naturism. And that’s probably because they so rarely hear about it. After all, it’s quite reasonable for a Local Authority not to consider having a naturist beach, or a pool operator not contemplating a nude swim session, if no one has ever even hinted to them that anyone wants them! So if we want naturism accepted and catered for we have to show that there is a demand. NAG and BN are doing their best, but it needs lots of naturists to make this demand known in lots of ways.
We can all help in this by “micro-campaigning”. This does not mean doing anything except bringing naturism to people’s attention when appropriate. That doesn’t mean wearing a placard saying ‘I am a naturist’, but it might mean emailing the tourist office of where you are going, to ask what naturist facilities exist there. The answer may well be “none”, but at least they will then know that people would like some. There are lots of other simple ways of letting people know that naturism is popular; and don’t forget a recent poll indicated that about 3.7 million people in the UK practice naturism to some degree. You are not alone.
Nowadays social media and the internet provide us with lots of opportunities to tell people that there is a demand for naturism. For example, why not make a comment favouring naturism on Trip Adviser when you have been somewhere? Or complaining at a lack of facilities. Nearly everywhere you go and everything you do now has a website, and most ask for comments, so why not give them your genuine opinions. How about commenting to your local Leisure Centre that you’d use it if it had a naturist session? It’s especially important to do this with places which have no naturist awareness – make them aware! Most newspapers have an on-line service now and lots of the articles now invite comments from readers, which stay online for all to see. It’s as easy as clicking a mouse to give a naturist slant in this online conversation. And of course there’s old fashioned writing (or better, emailing) to your local newspaper. You don’t have to initiate issues unless you want to, just give your naturist viewpoint on what the story is about. Editors are always looking for new angles, and will usually print your views. If every naturist just wrote one letter a year, just think of the impact of 3.7 million letters in the press.
Many of us nowadays have our own social media such as Facebook or Twitter. These can also be used directly in your own account, or indirectly by ‘liking’ someone’s Facebook entry or re-Tweeting a positive naturist comment. If you haven’t already, sign up for the forum on a naturist website, (google will find them for you) and there you will get both support and find lots of other ideas of how to spread the word easily. But never forget, it’s the textile world we need to be talking to most, not just other naturists. As much as anything, let them know that we have money to spend and votes to cast to get what we want.
Guinness used to have a slogan that could apply equally to naturism – “I don’t like it because I’ve never tried it.” And if you’ve never heard of it, you are unlikely to ever try it.
NAG and BN are working with
An Important (to naturism) victory happened in a Kent magistrates court yesterday. A newspaper report can be found at: https://www.kentonline.co.uk/malling/news/naked-carpenter-cleared-120208/ and is reproduced below. Though we await fuller details, there are some interesting features of this case, apart from the overall common sense approach of the magistrates:
- The ‘Article 10’ Human Rights defence was accepted by the court (saying that being naked is a legitimate form of expression). This defence has been rejected in other high profile cases involving public nudity.
- Mr Jenner was only naked on his own property, and though he was visible from the street, this was important to the magistrates. Had he strayed on to the street it may have been a different matter.
- The magistrates did not consider the witnesses had been truly ‘harassed, alarmed or distressed’ (as is required by s.5 Public Order Act 1986 under which this was prosecuted). They were simply annoyed, or angry, or curious – which was not enough.
- The Not Guilty verdict raises a serious question of the use of the Banning Order which had been placed on Mr Janner. This is an ‘Antisocial Behaviour’ move which police and Local Authorities can use without requiring a trial. It seems that in this case the magistrates found that the order was unnecessary ‘overkill’ used simply to pacify some outraged prudes.
- This case was decided in a magistrates court, so it does not have the power of Legal Precedent. It should however make the Crown Prosecution Service take note and think twice before taking action in the future. It seems that on this occasion they ignored their own guidelines [ https://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/l_to_o/nudity_in_public/ ].
- The comments from the public on the Kentonline website (see link above) are nearly all supportive to Mr Janner, and critical of the complainants, police and CPS. It seems that general public opinion is not at all anti-naturist, and that objectors, though noisy, are a minority only. We need to show the Authorities that the public don’t mind naturism at all, so please – everyone make your views known when the subject comes up. Silence just gives way to the noisy prudes.
Naked carpenter Robert Jenner, of Snodland, cleared of public order offences
This evening at Maidstone Magistrates’ Court after almost two hours of deliberation magistrates returned not guilty verdicts, concluding his freedom of expression outweighed any alarm caused.
The bench had heard from four witnesses whose reactions to Mr Jenner’s actions ranged from awkwardness to anger.
Frederick Black said he was so disgusted when he saw him bent over mixing cement he dialled 999 while Lisa Jarrett saw him on several occasions and said it made her feel “not very nice.”
Michael Smith was so angry when he spotted Mr Jenner leaning on a rake he marched up to his door and demanded he get out of the house.
Paul Edwards, prosecuting, said Mr Jenner was an exhibitionist and not a naturist and he must have known the consequences of his actions as he had erected a sign asking people not to be offended.
But Alex Davey, defending, said he had never intended to cause harassment, alarm or distress and was simply exercising his right to be naked.
Giving evidence this afternoon Mr Jenner was resolute in his belief he had done nothing wrong, telling magistrates he was fighting for tolerance.
He said naturism gave him “a sense of freedom and liberty,” adding: “There’s no