On Saturday 23 March, Somerset Loves Europe took 150 people from the county to join over a million protestors in the Put it to the People march in London. Three coaches picked people up from Taunton, Yeovil, Wincanton, Wells, Shepton Mallet and Frome. All three were fully booked, the last one selling out in three days!
BBC Somerset phoned one of the coaches on the way to the march to get a flavour of the determined mood, and also had a detailed interview with Anthony Smallwood, an retired UK diplomat from Long Sutton in Somerset, and a stalwart at our street stalls.
Despite the number of people in London, there was a party atmosphere on the march, with much music, singing and dancing. The banners and chants showed great humour and imagination, but left little doubt about the anger that the marchers had about the position that the politicians have got the country into.
The marchers returned tired but happy, saying “we have stood up and been counted”, stating concerns about what Brexit could do to our prosperity, peace, and prospects (particularly for the young).
The Put it to the People march was organised by the People’s Vote campaign, who state “They can not, must not and will not force this broken Brexit on the British people without giving us the final say. The time has come when we must all stand up and demand: Put it to the People”
Preparations for the March
These are the pages used to prepare for the march: