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Save Hartismere: a Hospital Closure Protest, Eye, Suffolk - 17th September 2005

The Diss Express proves that it can sometimes get news in before it happens by announcing a demonstration in Eye, starting outside Hartismere Hospital on Castleton Way and winding through the centre of Eye to the Town Hall. The turnout's quite impressive and includes old chum Denny, former BSCC member, as well as local MP Michael Lord, as well as a few-hundred others. The protest is over the long-threatened closure of Hartismere Hospital, which has been on the cards for ages. Part of the frustration is perhaps not so much that the building itself is being sold off but that if it is, there's nothing to replace it and no other hospitals within a 23-mile radius. Anyway, it's a good-natured demonstration, which doesn't tax the assembled police presence too much, although the town centre is closed off for 10 minutes.

next album: Sam and Daisy at the Angel Café, Diss, Norfolk - 17th September 2005
previous album: The Banham Barrel Beer Bash, Banham, Norfolk - 17th September 2005

2005 Hands off Hartismere

Hands off Hartismere

2005 A jester with 'We love you Hartismere'

A jester with 'We love you Hartismere'

2005 Denny shows off her placard

Denny shows off her placard

2005 Milling around

Milling around

2005 The Mayor gets interviewed

The Mayor gets interviewed

2005 Denny's chatting away

Denny's chatting away

2005 The Women's Institute banner

The Women's Institute banner

2005 The crowds build up

The crowds build up

2005 Silent protest

Silent protest

2005 The Rozzers' spy-cam car keeps watch

The Rozzers' spy-cam car keeps watch

2005 MP Sir Michael Lord

MP Sir Michael Lord

2005 A GSB cornet player

A GSB cornet player

2005 Julian from the GSB chats to the organiser

Julian from the GSB chats to the organiser

2005 A big banner is unfurled

A big banner is unfurled

2005 The organiser kicks things off with a loud-hailer

The organiser kicks things off with a loud-hailer

2005 The Gislingham Silver Band leads the march off

The Gislingham Silver Band leads the march off

2005 The crowd leaves the hospital

The crowd leaves the hospital

2005 The march makes its way down Castleton Way

The march makes its way down Castleton Way

2005 A small dog leads the way

A small dog leads the way

2005 Denny holds her placard aloft

Denny holds her placard aloft

2005 Turning out onto Victoria Hill

Turning out onto Victoria Hill

2005 The organiser with a megaphone

The organiser with a megaphone

2005 Streaming past the crinkle-crankle wall

Streaming past the crinkle-crankle wall

2005 The Gislingham Silver Band provide marching music

The Gislingham Silver Band provide marching music

2005 Into Eye's town centre

Into Eye's town centre

2005 A couple of girls dance along from their window

A couple of girls dance along from their window

2005 The march heads round the back of the town hall

The march heads round the back of the town hall

2005 The crowd piles in to the town hall

The crowd piles in to the town hall

2005 Andy P - special Rozzer

Andy P - special Rozzer

2005 The packed hall waits for things to kick off

The packed hall waits for things to kick off

2005 The press, and the Diss Express photographer, are in attendance

The press, and the Diss Express photographer, are in attendance

2005 Michael Lord prepares to speak

Michael Lord prepares to speak

2005 Mr. Incognito - The Man's not gonna spy on him

Mr. Incognito - The Man's not gonna spy on him

2005 A pause

A pause

2005 Some applause

Some applause

2005 Next question please...

Next question please...

2005 The crowd is held in rapt attention

The crowd is held in rapt attention

2005 Michael Lord communicates via loud-hailer

Michael Lord communicates via loud-hailer

2005 More applause

More applause

2005 A girl looks up

A girl looks up

2005 The town hall crowd

The town hall crowd

2005 This woman frantically waves a placard behind Michael Lord as he's interviewed for telly

This woman frantically waves a placard behind Michael Lord as he's interviewed for telly

2005 More interviewing

More interviewing

2005 The bull-horn's work is done

The bull-horn's work is done

2005 The speaking is over

The speaking is over

2005 The attractive frontage of Hartismere Hospital

The attractive frontage of Hartismere Hospital

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