This will be a huge event, and we hope the great numbers attending will make the strongest possible statement against austerity. The event will be carefully stewarded, and we aim to make it as safe, accessible, and family friendly as possible so that we can attract the biggest possible turn-out from all those whose lives and communities are being damaged by the cuts.
We expect all those attending to respect our intentions. Many family groups came to the TUC’s March for the Alternative and had a great day out, something we’d hope we can repeat. The march will be led by musicians and we expect a number of bands to join the march.
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Preparing for the march
We recommend that you bring your own food and plenty of water, though we also expect the many cafes and shops you will pass on the route will remain open (stewards can help you to leave the march at any point if you need assistance). There will also be refreshment facilities at the Hyde Park rally.
There will be some toilets provided at the beginning of the march, big public toilets on Trafalgar Square (roughly midway) and at the rally site. At the March for the Alternative we found many cafes on the route with toilet facilities were extremely co-operative.
We’d recommend you dress prepared for a long day, definitely with comfortable shoes. The march route is nearly three miles long – and if it has been raining at all Hyde Park can get very muddy with that many people – so wear flat shoes, trainers or boots. Also remember that October weather can be unpredictable, and you might need warmer clothes, or even a brolly, on the day.
Safety on the march
We are working closely with the Metropolitan Police and Transport for London on safety precautions. There will of course be provision for lost children with teams of CRB-checked stewards operating along the route and within Hyde Park.
We have the considerable experience of organising the 2011 ‘March for the Alternative’ – attended by 500,000 people – to draw on in terms of safety planning. This passed off entirely peacefully – the small pockets of trouble on the day took place off route and didn’t involve TUC marchers. We will have even more trained TUC stewards helping keep the march moving, and along the route of the march this time, and we’ll be employing professional stewards for appropriate tasks on the day.
We are taking advice from experienced health and safety professionals used to dealing with large events. We will work closely with a range of agencies, emergency services and the Metropolitan Police to ensure the event passes off smoothly. St John’s Ambulance will provide a full first aid service on the day. And as last time, we are working closely with the Metropolitan Police on safety precautions for the day.
Updates for marchers
On the day we will use Twitter @futurethatworks and communications via stewards to provide updates.
Music on the march
We hope that lots of marching bands and musicians will be able to play as part of the March and would encourage you to do that (although unfortunately we can’t allow vehicles on the march itself).
If you are bringing a big ensemble such as a brass band and need special access arrangements, or need to leave cases at the start of the march for collection later please get in touch. If you’re bringing your ukulele, just turn up!