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London march routes announced

The routes for the Liberty & Livelihood protest march in support of hunting have been announced

The Countryside Alliance has announced the routes for the Liberty & Livelihood March inLondon on Sunday, 22 September.

The use of two routes, which will converge in Whitehall and process past the Cenotaph, is designed to cope with the anticipated huge numbers of marchers and minimise the amount of time it takes to complete the March.

Route “Liberty’s” entry point will be at Hyde Park and its two-mile course will encompass some of London’s most famous street names: Piccadilly, St James’s and Pall Mall.

The entry point for Route “Livelihood” will be Blackfriars Bridge and supporters will travel the length of the Embankment along the River Thames, past Somerset House and Cleopatra’s Needle, towards Westminster.

The two routes will converge at the top of Whitehall, from where marchers – walking 40 abreast – will throng to Parliament Square, scene of the Summer of Discontent’s vigil and other protests.

The march will start at 9.30am and it is anticipated that marchers need to be in London for no more than4hr.

More than 45,000 people have already registered their intent to march, while more than 1,000 coaches and 26 special trains have been booked to transport the marchers. Supporters from 25 countries are sending delegations, who will march under their national flags.

Richard Burge, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, said: “London will probably witness the largest civil liberties demonstration in the UK’s modern history on 22 September.

“If you wantto protect the values and traditions of the countryside and the livelihoods of its people, not to mention the fundamental rights of British democracy, our message is quite simple: come and be counted at the Liberty & Livelihood March.”

To register for the March (tel: 0900 102 0900). Calls cost 60p per minute, maximum cost £1.80. For more details, visit website www.march-info.org

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