Che­sham unites against racism

Peo­ple gather in Che­sham to show sol­i­dar­ity with for­eign­ers liv­ing in the UK af­ter Brexit

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

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

PHO­TOS: JON MIKOL BE162619

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

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