TEN thousand protesters marched today into Sheffield city centre as public sector workers across the county went on strike.
A rally outside the City Hall was one of the biggest seen in the city for many years with teachers, health workers, civil servants and council workers all represented.
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Picket lines formed before dawn at a host of schools, hospitals and Government and council offices in a bid to ensure the action was as solid as possible.
Organisers hailed the turn out as the biggest day of strike action for generations.
About 370 schools in South Yorkshire - around 80 per cent of the total - were closed, with a further 40 partially affected.
Sheffield College and both city universities were also hit by walk outs, with no classes taking place at any of the college campuses.
At hospitals many clinics and non-emergency appointments were cancelled.
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