When did you first attend the SODEM protest outside Parliament and why did you come?
11th December 2017. We brought our first Hastings Appliquéd banner along, that prompted the creation of the Testiculi Banner for SODEM, which we delivered to Steve on the 20th February 2018. We came to support the protest against Leaving the EU.
Roughly how old are you?
How frequently did you come and when was the last time you attended?
About 10 times in total. Last visit, according to my phone photos, was 3rd September 2019.
How far from Westminster do you live and what was your travelling time?
72 miles away. Would take between 2 and 2.5 hours travelling by car then train.
What’s your favourite memory?
Singing ‘We’re not gonna Brexit” with Steve and the gang. Met some genuinely lovely people.
Tell me your story
I live in Hastings. I was and still am devastated by the Advisory Referendum result and the resulting chaos.
I sew for a living so making the Hastings Appliques seemed the obvious thing to do. A fellow Hastings Remainer contacted me to make a banner for the first large scale organised march in March 2017. We had to borrow from the Bayeux Tapestry, living where we do. That first banner prompted me to make a second larger banner for Steve at SODEM after he put out a call to use local group logos on a group banner. I’ve been to all the London marches against Brexit, from the first rally on 2 July 2016. I’ve stood on Street Stalls, signed petitions, stuck stickers, protested with SODEM, written countless emails, letters and postcards to Prime Ministers, MPs and European Politicians. In other words, I’ve spent valuable time, money and energy on something I feel incredibly passionate about, seemingly to no avail.
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