Norfolk activists celebrate NHS anniversary

Norfolk activists celebrate NHS anniversary

11 July 2013

Labour party and local Trades Council activists were out in force in the Market Place on Saturday 6 July to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the NHS with the people of Great Yarmouth.

Goodwill messages and birthday greetings were collected on two giant birthday cards that were later presented to staff at the James Paget hospital by Labour's prospective parliamentary candidate Lara Norris.

Labour councillors Bernard Williamson, John Holmes, Charles Marsden and Jamie Smith joined Trade Council president Kevin Reynolds and Unite regional organiser Ivan Crane collecting signatures for a 'Save Our NHS' petition.

The two birthday cards were conveyed to the James Paget hospital in a colourful motorcade that took in Yarmouth seafront and town centre, Southtown Road and Gorleston High Street.

Lara Norris said: "I was very proud of Yarmouth and Gorleston on Saturday.

"We had no problems at all filling up our birthday cards or getting signatures for our petition - there is so much local goodwill towards the NHS. Our motorcade drew a lot of attention, with other drivers tooting us and pedestrians giving us a thumbs-up all along the route."

Kevin Reynolds said: "It isn't often trade unionists take part in an event that has near unanimous public support, but this was one that did. The government should be in no doubt that Great Yarmouth feels very strongly about the NHS."

Labour Party and Unite the union activist Christina Stewart said: "A tremendous day for us, celebrating the 65th birthday of one of Labour's finest achievements. Our reception in the Market Place was fantastic, from locals and holidaymakers alike, and the motorcade to the James Paget was the icing on the cake, so to speak!"