Bath for Europe held its tenth Pulse of Europe in the centre of the city this afternoon. Our supporters had decked the balustrade along Grand Parade and fence along the Avon River with Union Jacks and EU flags, adding powerful visual symbols of unity between the UK and the EU to the march and rally. We were delighted to welcome new supporters and familiar faces to our monthly pro-EU celebration, with marchers from as far away as Guildford.
Some 60 people turned out to show Bath and the many visitors to its Christmas market that we are keeping the fight to remain in the EU alive. The flags caught the attention of locals and tourists alike. The Bath Chronicle was on hand to film the march and Wera’s speech.
The marchers did two circuits from Bog Island to the Guildhall and along Grand Parade, slowing traffic and handing out leaflets to the throngs of people on the streets. We concluded with speeches by Bath MP Wera Hobhouse and Alan Champneys. Wera Hobhouse sits on Parliament’s Exiting the EU Committee. She updated the crowd on news from Westminster and urged us to continue our fight to stop Brexit.
Alan Champneys highlighted the resignation en masse of Alan Milburn and the entire social mobility team from government due to a ‘lack of political leadership’. The Prime Minister has been called out for failing to meet her promise of creating a fairer Britain. All the government’s energies are being focused on the Brexit debacle.
The group concluded by singing Christmas carols, some of which had been updated with lyrics to reflect the current situation the UK faces. Big thanks to everyone who helped with the Flag Fiesta and Pulse for Europe! We look forward to seeing you all at our first Pulse of Europe of 2018 on Sunday 7th January.