Heading to the Unite for Europe marchGlostays, the pro-EU campaign group, marched with the Unite for Europe national protest march to Parliament against brexit on Saturday.

Glostays filled a coach with supporters from Stroud on Saturday morning to attend the march, which attracted an estimated 100,000 protestors according to police figures. This was several time more than the predicted numbers of between 16,000 and 25,000. So many coaches from around the country turned up at the protest march that the police delayed the start of the march by one hour.

The protestors marched from Hyde park to Parliament Square where a minute's silence was observed to remember the terrorist attack at Parliament last Wednesday. Protestors were particularly keen to show their respects for the people affected by the attack, with thousands of flowers being left as the gates of Westminster and on the police cars lining the route of the march.

After Wednesday's terrorist attack, it was unsure whether the march would be able to go ahead. But the police gave their go ahead and confirmed that Parliament Square would be re-opened in time for Saturday's march.

Tim Farron kicked off a list of speakers, including other anti-brexit politicians such as David Lammy MP, Geraint Davies MP and Richard Corbett MEP.

Tim Farron said that the protest was not just to represent those who wanted to stay in the European Union. "We are here to show solidarity and respect for those who voted leave. We do not believe they wanted this."

David Lammy referred to recent opinion polls suggesting public opinion may have changed to want to stay in the European Union, saying "There are lots of people against Brexit in this country, and people are changing their mind."

At the Start of the Unite for Europe marchThe event culminated in the Chair of Glostays, Matt Lewis-Garner sharing the stage with former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell and Liberal Democrat MP Nick Clegg, who said there was a "sense of anger about the choices that Theresa May and her government have taken since the referendum" referring to her hard brexit stance.

Matt Lewis-Garner said afterwards "It was a delight to share the stage with such passionate and articulate speakers, making the case for remaining in the European Union".

"A key message from the Unite for Europe march is that democracy doesn't end with a vote. It clearly didn't end with the first referendum vote in 1975. We realise that we lost the referendum last year, but we will continue to make our case democratically to change public opinion."

Alwyn Vaughan, the treasurer of Glostays, who was a marshal for the march said "This was such a positive event. Everyone was so friendly and cheerful. There's no anger or animosity about the referendum result, just the determination to do what we believe is right for the UK."

Glostays have supported the Unite for Europe march since its inception last year, which was crowdfunded to raise over £75,000 to pay for the audio visual systems, security and a nationwide advertising campaign.

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