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Karl Deitch: How his Facebook page led to thousands taking part in the rally

Within hours of setting up the page it had about 30,000 members

Karl Deitch has seen his life transformed over the course of a few short weeks.

Saturday’s protest rally was described as the biggest post war demonstration that Huddersfield has ever seen.

WATCH Robert John Kerr's fantastic video from Saturday's march at the top of the story

And it came about after Karl, 36, of Golcar, set up a Facebook page, Let’s Save Huddersfield A&E, within minutes of hearing of the closure plans.

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

A few hours later, the page had 30,000 members.

“The Examiner put a post on Facebook saying the A&E was going to close, and I just thought something has to be done.

WATCH Paul Cooney speak at the rally below

“I thought I can’t leave this for someone else to do something about it. I’m going to get involved.”

The reaction to his Facebook page led to him becoming a key member in the organising of Saturday’s rally, at which he spoke to the thousands of protesters.

Huddersfield A&E protest march St George's Square Huddersfield.

“If someone had told me a few weeks ago that I would have been doing that I would have laughed.

“I never saw myself doing anything like this. I don’t have a campaigning or political bone in my body.

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“I have been able to do the organising, the speaking and everything else because this is not about me.

Karl Deitch speaks below

“So when I am talking, I am talking for the campaign.

“Keeping the A&E is so important that the nerves are not there.

“People afterwards were asking me about how it felt to be behind the biggest demonstration in Huddersfield, and I just don’t know what to think.

WATCH Mike Forster speak at the rally below

“But it’s not about me, it’s about saving the A&E. That’s what matters.”

Karl has four children and runs a security company in Huddersfield.

He said: “If the Examiner hasn’t first brought it up, no-one would have known, and I dread to think what would have happened.

“It would have been a done deal before anyone found out.”


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