Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
I had recently begun a relationship with a man I met online. We lived over a hundred miles apart and as I was a nurse, working night duty and most weekends and he worked standard office weekday hours, our time together was rare and precious. On the day of the Stop The War march in Leeds, I finished work at 8am and met him as he got off the train from Birmingham. We had breakfast in the station cafe, joined the march then after a quick coffee, he was off back to Birmingham and I went home to snatch a couple of hours sleep before my next shift. We had no more time together for another 3 weeks. The fact that we were both prepared to make such an effort to march together against the war meant a lot to us both. (And yes, we’re still together. Married now and I’m retired so work doesn’t come between us any more.) We will still stand up and be counted and do anything we can to get our voices heard.