International human rights campaigner Bianca Jagger, Labour mayoral candidate Andy Burnham and former climate change diplomat John Ashton will be speaking this Saturday at an anti-fracking march and rally in Manchester. Legendary Hacienda DJ Dave Haslam will also be playing what organisers hope will be the largest anti-fracking gathering ever in the UK.
Campaigners from Lancashire and Yorkshire, who face the prospect of fracking starting next year, will be travelling to the event and there are coaches from London, Glastonbury and elsewhere.
The rally will start in Piccadilly Gardens at 11AM and then the march to Castlefields will begin at about midday, arriving at Castlefield arena for speeches and music at about 1PM.
Everyone is welcome and invited to bring banner, costumes, musical instruments and everything else to make this a huge, fun, family day out that also sends the message loud and clear to the government that the ‘bleak and desolate north’ will not be fracked.
Stewards are needed on the day to help keep everyone safe. Please turn up at 10:30AM and meet Martin Porter next to the Wellington statue if you can do this.