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Organisers moved by the solidarity

Five times as many people as organisers were expecting turned up to unite against racism in Newbury Town Centre this afternoon.

Despite the weather conditions, it is reported that as many as 500 people took the walk along Northbrook Street to the Market Place as part of the Black Matters Event.

Organisers say they were moved by the solidarity Newbury showed today and that they are very proud of the community.

As well as the 500 who protested and shared the Black Lives Matter's message, a small group who were watched over by Police spoke of the need for 'all lives to matter.'

This afternoon West Berkshire Conservative Councillors posted this on their Facebook: "There is no place for racism within West Berkshire and we are committed to equality and diversity within our communities. We will continue to work to play our part in ensuring this. While we respect everyone‘s right to peaceful protest we would encourage all to follow current guidance due to Covid19 and avoid gatherings of more than 6 people."

A kneel of solidarity is taking place on Saturday 13 June at midday at the Bandstand in Victoria Park. You can find out more about this event on their Facebook page.

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