Date: 28th March
Time: High Noon
Place: All Saints Park off Oxford Road (near the BBC building) – Manchester
Marching to Castlefield, via St Peter's Sq and Deansgate
Bring: The whole of Salford!
On 24 Feb 2008 pupils from St George's RC High School in Little Hulton organised the biggest protest march in Salford's living memory. The march was against Salford City Council's plans to close this successful, popular and oversubscribed school under its Building Schools for the Future plans. What did the council do? They slapped a £1918.35 charge on the kids and when the school refused to pay they deducted it from the school budget. So another march in Salford is out of the question and is simply not affordable.
Instead, the St George's protest movement has fled over the border into Manchester, where democracy appears to come free, and on the 28th March the protestors will be gathering at All Saints Gardens off Oxford Road (almost opposite the BBC) at 11.30am and at noon will walk along Oxford Road towards St Peter's Square. They will then proceed down Peter Street until they meet the junction with Deansgate where they will turn left and walk along Deansgate. At the Hilton Hotel they will turn right down Liverpool Road, three-quarters of the way down Liverpool Road they will turn left onto the assembly area in Castlefield.
The march, planned by the school's pupils and their justkids4georges campaign, has been rubber stamped by the Governing Body of St George's and is being led by ex St George's pupil, Jamie Moore, who's the new European Light Middleweight Boxing Champ...he has the school's motto, `Fight The Good Fight' tattooed on his arm.
Daniel Sampson aged 14 of organisers justkids4georges said "The march is yet another chance for the Council to listen to us, if they choose not to then there is something wrong with the democratic process."