On Saturday 6 September at 1.15pm, having marched 300 miles, a group of mums protesting against the privatisation of the NHS, passed through Islington on their way to Trafalgar Square.
They were given a grand Islington welcome by Emily Thornberry MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP and Cllr Richard Watts who joined local NHS activists and a group of 100 Islington residents at Islington Green. They greeted the marchers with a carpet of flowers before joining them on the final leg of their journey.
The march, which has been compared to the “Jarrow March” of 1936, began in the same town on 16th August. By the time it reached London three weeks later, the starting group of 30 were joined by thousands for the rally in Trafalgar Square.
It was great to give the mums from Darlington, and the hundreds who joined them, a grand Islington welcome after their long journey.
That 100 people from Islington were able to greet them shows just how strongly people in Islington care about keeping our NHS in public hands.