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Caught a coach with friends and other people concerned about making a stand. I had a problem with my mobility so took a camping stool with me, if I needed to sit down. I got seperated from my group but not difficult to get chatting with strangers. I found myself near the front, near the podium. Amongst the speakers was Jessie Jackson who spoke eloquently. The weather was dry but bitterly cold so I was wearing two pairs of trousers and as many cardigans and fleeces as I could move about on. Being on the large size I must have looked like a multi-coloured Michelin Man but people were very friendly and we shared our picnics. The people whom I met were from South London. I was amused by some of the groups protesting especially the young women asking “Make Tea not War”. My daughter & her fiancee had gone to Kings Cross station to meet his parents who were travelling from Norwich in Norfolk. There were so many people on the streets that they never got to move out of the station concourse so they waited all day before going home on the train. I believe that there was more than 3 million people in London that day. When my grandchildren asked what did we about the war at least I can say “I was there.” I also went to further demonstrations following the invasion.