Traders closed for the day as the EDL marched through Rotherham - and the ones whose shops stayed open said business was slow.
One trader told The Star every time the group holds a protest in the town, profits slump by 75 per cent.
But Tony Chapman, of the Whistlestop Sweet Shop which stayed open, said he had faith in the police. “There have been five of these EDL protests recently, so the officers in charge are well drilled now in what needs to be done to guarantee safety,” he said.
“Rotherham has a chance to lead the way - anyone who thinks this is not happening in their town is disillusioned. We need to decide what it is that we need to do to move forward.”