Manchester For The Alternative – Another Gherkin Report
We didn’t take the train today, we were driven to Manchester in a hired mini bus, kindly given to us for the day by Terry’s boss (thank you Brian) and we were one child short. 3 year old TJ played at his nannys today (that’s my mum, not a paid for nanny lol). So it was me, Terry, Marijane and little Layla.
We almost didn’t make it, Terry was late picking us up. We got out of the mini bus at 12.45pm and raced towards the demo. We joined the education feeder march and started marching.
Layla was given her whistle that we got from the NUT stall at Birmingham For The Alternative and blew the life out of it.
I must apologise again to the man who’s eye I almost poked out with my placard. I’m really sorry. He was very nice about it. There was a sound system and of course Layla had a little dance in her pushchair. She only complained about the noise when it was right next to her, but she was still smiling.
We held our banner proudly.
That’s Marijane on the left and Terry in the hat on the right (you can see why Layla likes her whistle, takes after daddy)
At several points during the march some Tories reared their ugly heads and received a unanimous reception of boos and insults (Layla even joined in with the shouting)
As we neared the conference venue it was apparent that security was tight.
I spent about 15 minutes explaining the reasons why to Marijane. I was very glad the horses went away. They are huge! You really can’t appreciate how big they are untill you see one close up. We actually passed them in the mini bus before we parked and I was looking them in the eye from my seat!
Now, I’m not sure what the following photos are of, Terry took them while I was on pushchair duty, outside the conference venue.
Obviously the next ones are of a helicopter that circled overhead all day.
Around the corner from the conference venue there was a rally with speeches. Unfortunately we missed alot of them but it was great to see a massive field full of people. It was marvelous when a train went past behind us and honked at the whole field. Everyone cheered.
On that field I met one of my twitter friends, Eleanor, who is a member of DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts). She is a fantastic lady and I hope we meet up again soon.
After the speeches we decided to head off and eventually, after me and Marijane losing Terry and Layla, we set off home. (Thankyou to facebook and an amazing taxi driver for helping us find each other, the police very kindly sent us in the wrong direction to the actual car park we asked for)
This was a different protest, it had the same aims, but it was bigger, much bigger, and there was a much more varied kind of protester. The kids enjoyed every minute of it.
The proudest moment of the day was when Layla started shouting “Tory Scum!” with her daddy.
Angriest moment of the day was seeing the smug look on those tories faces when they walked past.
Funniest moment of the day was when we were walking back to the mini bus and a very brave lone tory was walking towards us. Me and Marijane waved our placards at him and he scurried off.
Well, that concludes this report. I hope to do many more in the future.
I will leave you with the rest of the photos from today.