Chesham unites against racism
People gather in Chesham to show solidarity with foreigners living in the UK after Brexit
MEMBERS of the public rallied round to show support and solidarity against racism in Chesham.
Councillors, mayors and a diverse section of the community gathered at the Clock Tower in Market Square at noon Sunday (July 3) wearing safety pins as part of the safety pin campaign.
The Twitter campaign encourages people to wear a safety pin, showing solidarity with foreigners living in the UK following a reported rise in post-Brexit hate crime.
Organised by deputy mayor Emily Culverhouse and Mark Rann as a response to ‘gratuitous racism’, more than 100 people stood in silence as the church bell rang for a minute.
Miss Culverhouse added that both she and Mr Rann were ‘disgusted’ by the rise in attacks, and decided to ‘join forces to hold an event or us all to stand together’.
“It really was the whole community coming together with very, very short notice to just say, ‘this isn’t right’,” she said. “We wanted to stand together to show our support. It was about members of the
Unity: Derek Lacey, Mark Shaw, Mo Fayyaz, Mayor of Chesham Noel Brown and Andy Garnett
Duty: Stirling Maguire who tolled the noon bell at Market Place. Left, event organiser Emily Culverhouse and Mark Rann