From the 97-year-old EU campaigner to the 62-year-old Grenfell activist, an older generation is proving that it’s not just young people who can raise their voices
Retirement used to be thought of as a soft slide into a more peaceful life. After a lifetime of hard grind, the daydream went, retirees would gratefully swap the office for a potting shed, a suit for slippers and commuting for a cruise.
But the face of protest has changed. From environmental issues to this week’s protests against Donald Trump, older people are often at the forefront, not just taking to the streets but taking direct, radical action.
Additional reporting by Leo Benedictus.