LED by a Community Policeman on a
Nantwich people marched through town on Friday, July 11,
2008, to protest
at a proposed downgrading to the First Responders' service.
Next came a drummer,
keeping the beat for the chant "We want First Responders", walking
almost Pied Piper-like with a group of youngsters which included
Jamie and Jess Broadhurst, the children of Steve Broadhurst, the Nantwich man who
collapsed in his milk float. Also in the
march was Steve's widow, Rachael.
Hannah Davenport, who has needed the services of a First Responder
12 times, was also there to say "Thank you". She carried a card
which added: "Thanks Gavin" (Gavin Palin, a First Responder).
Newly-elected Crewe and
Nantwich MP, Edward Timpson, was among the marchers. Town Councillors were well represented with the new Chairman, Cllr
Keith Cafferty, and Cllr Bill McGinnis - who, as last year's
Chairman, led the council's part in the protest - at the forefront.
Arriving at Mill Island,
the marchers assembled around a higher piece of land to hear
speeches from Cllr Cafferty, Edward Timpson, Cllr McGinnis and Gavin Palin. See
for the speeches.