Picked up at 5am from deserted streets in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. I was involved in Sunderland stop the war organisation. We travelled to London and I was quite nervous, at 21 I never attended a national rally before but felt so strongly about the impending attack on Iraq I felt I had no other choice but to go that day. When we arrived I was immediately overwhelmed by the amount of people attending. There where whispers on the bus journey that this was going to be an historical event but nothing prepared me for the masses of people before me.
It felt amazing to know we weren’t alone in our feelings that there was something very wrong with this war.
It wasn’t all friendly though, there were pro war cheerleaders lining some of the paths shouting abuse at us as we passed. Calling us terrorist sympathers and traitors. Quite a bit more colourful language too.
It didn’t deter me though, I was proud to be there, proud to be flying my flag and proud to state that this war was not in my name!