THE RAILWAY platforms from East Tilbury to South Ockendon were packed on Saturday morning as hundreds of Grays residents travelled to London to join half a million other residents protesting against the Coalition government cuts.
Leading Labour councillors John Kent, Valerie Morris-Cook and Lynn Worrall were there alongside organisations such as Tilbury Dockers Thurrock students and many concerned individuals.
Ockendon ward candidate Aaron Kiely kept residents informed of proceeding through Twitter as travelled from South Ockendon to Hyde Park to listen to Labour leader Ed Miiband speak.
Aaron said: “It was good to see large trades union organisations rub shoulders with small community groups and thousands of individuals to protest.”
One Thurrock resident (who did not wish to be named) was angry that the media coverage paid more attention to the riots.
He said: “My wife and I attended the march against the cuts today and it was absolutely amazing to see so many diverse people all there for similar concerns/
“When we got home, we were pretty disgusted to see Sky News desperately trying to record any kind of unrest going on – yes there were 150 anarchist idiots wandering around assisted by maybe 1000 young idiots out for a laugh but the significance of the quarter of a million concerned people of all ages, all classes, must not be taken for granted.”