More than 100 people march to protect right to protest in Todmorden

Over 100 people attended a demonstration in Todmorden at the weekend to show their opposition to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which will place restrictions on a protest.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 11:11 am
Updated Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 11:12 am
More than 100 people march to protect right to protest in Todmorden. Picture: Beth Whittaker.

The demonstration saw around 150 people gather at Centre Vale Park, wearing masks and adhering to social distancing guidelines due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The group walked around the park, making their way to the bandstand where speeches took place as well as a minutes silence for Sarah Everard and women who had died and/or suffered at the hands of violence.

Beth Whittaker, who attended the demonstration, said: “It was an amazing affair with around 150/200 people.

“The police were there on the sidelines however allowed it to continue due to our adhering to social distancing measures.

“It was against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill which puts our right to protest in danger. Even though the bill was delayed and put on the back burner on Friday, we decided we needed to protest as the bill hasn’t been killed.”