They were there in their thousands to show their feelings.
And the general view of those fighting to save Huddersfield Royal Infirmary’s A & E unit from being moved to Calderdale Royal Hospital was summed up in one word: “Wow”.
Many took to social media during and after the huge protest march and rally and called on the health authorities to listen to their views. And they already planning another rally.
Karl Deitch, who was one of the main organisers, was delighted. He said: “Many, many, many thanks for everyone who turned up today.
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“We are a fabulous community and each and everyone deserves a pat on the back.”
Others were quick to voice their support for the protest.
Sarah Humphries: Wow wow wow. . what a turnout and what an atmosphere.. when is the next one? ? Karl Deitch thankyou for starting this. you are an amazing man.
Fran McGowan: i was there too It was amazing x
Sandi Bee: Absolutely fantastic well proud of the people of Huddersfield today.
Pam Briggs: It was fantastic i felt proud of Huddersfield today.
Debbie Roebuck: Glad to have taken part , was amazed at the size of the march #handsoffhri x
Caroline Ainley: Excellent day!
Christine Ader: Great atmosphere. Well done Huddersfield.
Andrew Spacey: Great turn out - hairy bikers, shaven anarchists, passionate grannies, dancing kiddies, Mr and Mrs Normal, students, MPs, doctors, Morris Dancers, socialists, tories and everyone gathering as one to help save a much needed A&E. Loved the chants and singing, not too out of tune!
Debs Gilbert: Too right. Fab result x
Susi Ha: Really good turnout and speakers, raised lots of awareness in the bemused public emerging from the station. Particularly good to see Boultons estate agents window transformed for the occasion!
Susan Lodge: Yes I think more could have turned up !!. But what a Fantasic march
Mary Moisley: A really good atmosphere ,I think everyone did so well , those that think they could do better , well do it .
Jane Jessop: Karl,,Thank you soooo much. Fantastic day cold, freezing WE STILL MARCHED ON
Tony Hodkinson: Proud to be part of it and ready for next one
Melanie Roberts: Well done Karl Deitch for setting this all off.You are a wonderful credit to the community!
And the last word?
Susi Ha: This was reported in media as biggest protest since Second World War
Karl Deitch: It definitely was Susi. But the next one will be even bigger!!!