Marchers still wave flags for Europe in anti-brexit protest
Anti-brexit campaigners staged another flash mob protest in the centre of Canterbury on Saturday, but numbers were down on a similiar event last month.
Dozens of pro-eu flag-waving demonstrators gathered in the Buttermarket to make a stand against the result of the EU referendum and the triggering of our exit from the European Union.
Last month, a similar event outside Primark in Whitefriars attracted around 100 supporters.
But organisers say flu and poor weather this weekend led to a smaller turnout than they had hoped for.
Event co- ordinator Louise Hummerstone said: “I’m very, very angry about Brexit. I was motivated to do something about it when I heard Iain Duncan Smith say ‘we’re all Brexiteers now’. That’s not true.
“I’ve been on a lot of marches in London and Manchester, and I decided that Canterbury needed an event.”
One of the demonstrators was Jonathan Barnes, ex-head teacher of St Peter’s Methodist Primary School, who has lived in Canterbury for 46 years.
He explained: “I think anything that promotes friendship and relationships between nations is a better thing than that which promotes isolation.
“I know there are faults in the EU. Everybody knows there are faults in the EU, but that gesture of togetherness and of shared culture, of shared ideals, shared aspirations, is actually more important than being separate. Simple as that.”
As the protest took place at noon, those taking part sang the ‘Anthem of Europe’ – based on composer Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.
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PRO-EU demonstrators at the flash mob event in the Buttermarket, in Canterbury
Protest co-ordinator Louise Hummerstone