Newcastle upon Tyne
I was 13 years old in 2003 and I remember on the day of the march, there was a buzz. People in school were talking about it. At lunchtime we decided that we were going to try and leave the school (which wasn’t allowed) and get the Metro into town to protest. The teachers got wind of what was going on and tried to close the gates of the school to lock us in (this was expected, especially considering they locked us in our classrooms when Tony Blair once visited the school…), but before that could happen, everyone just ran and managed to get out. I have a very vivid memory of one caretaker trying to close the gates in vain and the look on his face when he saw around 200-300 teenagers running in this mass escape. We had slogans painted on our faces. Everyone was there. The middle class kids, the charvas, everyone was mingling and chanting all the way to the protest. We must have got there a bit early but soon other people joined and then the march went underway.