Black Lives Matter gathering on Sidmouth seafront

PUBLISHED: 13:37 23 June 2020 | UPDATED: 13:37 23 June 2020

The Black Lives Matter gathering on thet seafront. Picture: Paul Ryder

The Black Lives Matter gathering on thet seafront. Picture: Paul Ryder

Paul Ryder

More than 200 Sidmouth residents took part in a peaceful gathering in support of the Black Lives Matter movement on Saturday, June 20.

The Black Lives Matter gathering on the seafront. Picture: Paul RyderThe Black Lives Matter gathering on the seafront. Picture: Paul Ryder

The participants held up banners and took the knee, in a socially-distanced event on the seafront.

One of the organisers, Paul Ryder, said: “The death of George Floyd and the events that followed sparked reaction around the world.

“Through conversations in local social media groups, a group of Sidmouth residents decided they wanted take positive action to hold an event and raise awareness to the subject of racism.

“Our aim is to show solidarity with the BLM movement, bearing witness, learning, raising awareness and challenging racism. We want to raise awareness in a peaceful way. It’s not party political.”

The Black Lives Matter gathering. Picture Paul RyderThe Black Lives Matter gathering. Picture Paul Ryder

The Sidmouth BLM group was formed to share thoughts, exchange ideas and learn from one another, and currently has more than 150 members.

Organisers hope to attract more members and ‘have a really positive impact on the wider Sidmouth community’.

The Black Lives Matter gathering on the seafront. Picture: Paul RyderThe Black Lives Matter gathering on the seafront. Picture: Paul Ryder

The Black Lives Matter gathering in Sidmouth. Picture: Paul RyderThe Black Lives Matter gathering in Sidmouth. Picture: Paul Ryder

The Black Lives Matter gathering on the seafront. Picture: Paul RyderThe Black Lives Matter gathering on the seafront. Picture: Paul Ryder

Participants observed social distancing guidelines along the seafront. Picture: Paul RyderParticipants observed social distancing guidelines along the seafront. Picture: Paul Ryder

The Black Lives Matter gathering in Sidmouth. Picture: Paul RyderThe Black Lives Matter gathering in Sidmouth. Picture: Paul Ryder

Participants take the knee on Sidmouth seafront. Picture: Paul RyderParticipants take the knee on Sidmouth seafront. Picture: Paul Ryder


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