Flash mob action over cuts plans

Cantley Sycamore protesters leading a march through the town centre.
Cantley Sycamore protesters leading a march through the town centre.
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CAMPAIGNERS fighting Doncaster Council cuts took their messages to the streets with a flash mob and march through the town centre.

Unions, library campaigners and parents of pupils at closure-threatened Sycamore Primary School marched through the town to raise public awareness of their concerns.

And, in the same day of protest, campaigners fighting for 14 threatened libraries held a campaign stall at Clock Corner.

They then staged a flash mob outside Mansion House

The parents, children and supporters of the campaign to Save Cantley Sycamore Primary School took their banners through the streets chanting ‘Save Our Sycamore’ as they marched.

Union representatives added their support and voices to the protest.

Annie Morgan, who chairs the Friends of Cantley Sycamore action group, said: “We collected more signatures for our petition.

“Then we were off! We marched around Doncaster, banners, balloons blazing, chanting ‘Save Our Sycamore, Donny Council, don’t be fools, don’t close good schools’. The shopkeepers and shoppers shouted for us.”

The march finished outside the Mansion House with speeches from the libraries campaigners, union officials as well as Mrs Morgan.

The Flash mob action started at midday and involved around 70 people standing outside at Clock Corner reading their favourite books.

Both adults and children were taking part, with books ranging from Esther Rantzen novels to the children’s bestseller The Gruffalo.

John Sheppard, treasurer of Save Doncaster Libraries, was among the protesters.

He said: “I think the fact that people were prepared to protest in the poor weather we had on Saturday shows the strength of feeling over library closures.

“The protests have to go on. We only have a deferral for up to a year. We will have another meeting to decide the next step.”