Sir George and Lady Young join Countryside March
22 Sep 2002
Sir George and Lady Young were at Waterloo Station at 9.45am to meet the Rural Rocket - a twelve coach train chartered by countryside supporters from Hampshire.
"There were over 800 on the train, and I marched with them to Blackfriars and then to Westminster. Because of the numbers, we were in fact routed several bridges east of Blackfriars before we crossed the river and turned back."
"The mood was wonderful; cheerful, positive and peaceful. The contrast between the noise as we went round the course with the silence as we went past the Cenotaph was very moving."
"People were marching for all sorts of particular reasons, but they were united in the view that we have a government with its roots in the cities that doesn't understand the countryside and is challenging the lifestyle of those that live there."
Sir George said he was particularly concerned at the way resources are being switched out of counties like Hampshire. "My constituency gets the lowest health funds per person of anywhere in England and Wales - some 16% below the national average. We simply can't provide the quality NHS we want on that basis; and now the Government has come up with proposed changes for funding local government, which will take money out of education and social services in the county. That is the reason why I was marching."
Pipers lead Sir George and 800 from Hampshire at Waterloo.
Pipers lead Sir George and 800 from Hampshire at Waterloo.
Click for a full size picture
No doubting the loyalties of these police officers
No doubting the loyalties of these police officers
Click for a full size picture
 
Previous news: Pete gets the chop for £800 Index Next news: Sir George backs campaign for new Sports Pavilion at Newfound
Next news: Sir George backs campaign for new Sports Pavilion at Newfound

Copyright Sir George Young Bt. 2015