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Hands Off HRI Rally: Everything you need to know about Saturday's march

All the information you need about the planned Let's Save Huddersfield A&E protest in Huddersfield town centre this weekend

It's set to be one of the biggest protests Huddersfield has ever seen.

This Saturday, thousands of people are expected to march through the town centre to fight the proposed closure of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary's A&E.

As reported, health bosses hope to shake-up the whole hospital system across Huddersfield and Calderdale, leaving Kirklees with no full accident and emergency department.

Watch the Town Crier at the first #HandsOffHRI rally

The Let's Save Huddersfield A&E campaign has been working to save HRI's A&E since the plans were revealed, through a government e-petition, protests, video campaigns and the hashtag #HandsOffHRI

The #HandsOffHRI rally will feature speeches, a march through town and fundraising as campaigners harness people power to make their voices heard.

Here's everything you need to know:

When is it?

The march will take place on Saturday February 27. People will gather in St George's Square from 11.30am, and the march will start at noon.

The march is expected to return to St George's Square at 1pm, when speeches will be heard until 1.30pm.

Where is it?

The rally is meeting in St George's Square — and the march will go through the town centre. From St George's Square, protesters will march down Northumberland Street, right along Lord Street, right up Kirkgate, left along New Street, right up Cloth Hall Street, right along Market Street, straight on to Railway Street and finish at St George's Square.

Click the map below and zoom in to see the route - you can save the map to your phone

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What is planned?

The main aim of Saturday's rally and march is to send a message to hospital chiefs: Hands Off HRI!

The demonstration will see campaigners come together in the square before touring the town centre with protest banners.

After the march, people will return to St George's Square to hear speeches from campaigners, MPs and other figures before the demonstration ends at 1.30pm.

READ MORE: Hands Off HRI Rally: Who's speaking at Saturday's demonstration?

On the day, Let's Save Our A&E members will also be collecting donations to support the future of the campaign.

Who can attend?

Everyone is invited to attend — campaigners are hoping to bring together more than 10,000 people. People are encouraged to bring friends and family along and spread the world to help make the march the biggest Huddersfield and Kirklees has ever seen.

READ MORE: Let's Save Huddersfield A&E founder Karl Deitch wants YOU to join biggest demo in a generation

Save HRI A&E campaigner Karl Deitch, St. George's Square, Huddersfield.

Do I need to bring anything?

Protest banners are welcome — but keep them family friendly! The Let's Save Huddersfield A&E committee wants people to be creative, without upsetting younger marchers.

A colour scheme of blue and white — matching the campaign's logo and website — has also been suggested, for example through face paint, scarves, hats or clothes.

You can also take along the Examiner's glossy A3 Save Huddersfield A&E poster, free in Friday's paper.

Examiner Save HRI A&E glossy poster



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