Like the many thousands of people across the UK who took part in the March for Europe on September 3rd in Bristol, Edinburgh, Oxford, Cambridge and a dozen other towns and cities, I donned my Team INtogether t-shirt and made the long drive down to London.
After battling through the traffic I finally made my way to the starting point at Marble Arch. On the drive down I had been worried that I would be one of a handful to turn up, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. A huge throng of blue t-shirts and golden stars greeted me as hundreds of people lofted placards, balloons, flags, banners and flyers. The crowd was so large that we soon had to be escorted down to the main parade on Park Lane just to get us out of the way!
As I had come alone I decided to explore the crowd and talk to as many people as possible, trying to soak up the atmosphere created by so many like-minded people. One guy, Tom, had joined the party only the day before and was keenly handing out membership leaflets to everyone we passed:
“I felt sick when I woke up to find out we had voted to Leave. Over the next few weeks I knew I had to do something about it, and the Lib Dems seem to be the only party who care about what Remainiers want”
He was not alone in his stance or his conviction, and as I continued my stumble up the march, bouncing from one conversation to the next, my path was eventually blocked by a bright yellow banner held by Sal Brinton (President of the Liberal Democrats), Catherine Bearder MEP, Baroness Sarah Ludford and fellow Newbie members Ukonu Obasi and Elizabeth Barnard – and soon me.
Despite our close formation our column marched quickly down London’s streets; from Picadilly and on to Trafalgur Square before passing Downing Street and ending at Parliament Square. Through our chants of ‘We love you EU, we do’ and ‘We don’t want no Brexit’ (with Kelly-Marie Blundell armed with a small megaphone) we heard the beep of supportive car-horns and even clapping from many of the spectators watching us pass. I’ll never forget us passing through Trafalgur Square and seeing Lib Dem member Paolo from Harrow sat on the roof of his Classic Ciquento car with his legs through the sun roof; blasting his horn with his foot as he waved his EU flags for all to see!
When the march ended at Parliament Square and the speeches started, I saw on opportunity to use our banner to act as a backdrop for Owen Jones post-speech interview. We proceeded to photo-bomb TV interviews with Peter Tatchell and Eddie Izzard with as many billboards, flags and signs as possible – making sure Libby was seen everywhere!
We had a fantastic day and showed the Lib Dems won’t take Brexit lying down. If you have the chance to attend a march, do so, as there is nothing quite like it!