Campaigners plan Norwich city centre demonstration
Trade unionists and campaigners are hoping they will be joined by the public in a day of action and march through Norwich this weekend - in protest at government cuts.
The lunchtime rally, preceded by a morning of 'pop up' information and discussion workshops at the Forum, is the latest move in a campaign of action by the newly-formed Norfolk People's Assembly working with Norwich and District Trades Council, which represents thousands of trade unionists.
The People's Assembly is issuing an appeal to all working people worried about cuts to the NHS - and especially staff in hospitals and mental health services - to join Saturday's march in protest.
The day of action starts at 10.30am at The Curve in The Forum with help, advice, discussions, and free refreshments.
Included will be a workshop by Equal Lives on the impact of the cuts on disabled people, one on trade unions and stopping the scapegoating of activists.
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At 1pm, marchers will gather with colourful banners, placards, whistles and drums in Chapelfield Gardens to hear speakers including Jan Ainsley of Keep Our NHS Public, Mark Harrison of Equal Lives, county councillor Emma Corlett and Norfolk People's Assembly speakers.
The march leaves Chapelfield Gardens around 1.45pm, and heads down Theatre Street, turning into Brigg Street, Haymarket and Gentlemans Walk, before going up Gaol Hill, along St Peters Street and past City Hall then crossing Millennium Plain and returning up Theatre Street to Chapelfield Gardens.
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The marchers expect to arrive back at 2.15pm for more live music and final speakers from the bandstand. The day of action ends at 3pm.