On the march

Marchers on the TUC's 2012 London demonstration. Photo: Paul Box

This will be a big event, and we hope the numbers attending will make a statement that our politicians can’t ignore.

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 affected by poverty pay, the living standards crisis and growing inequality.

We expect all those attending to respect our intentions. Many family groups have taken part in the TUC’s previous marches, having a great day out as well as joining the campaign, and that’s 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.

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 more at the rally site.  At previous marches, 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 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 considerable experience to draw on of organising large and peaceful London marches in terms of safety planning. We will have trained TUC volunteer stewards along the route of the march, to assist marchers where needed, and we’ll also 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 and safely. St John’s Ambulance will provide a full first aid service on the day.

Updates for marchers

On the day we will use Twitter @payrise4britain and communications via stewards to provide updates. Check out the hashtag #18oct on Twitter to see what others are saying too.

We’ve made a special mobile app to give helpful information and updates as they happen. You can download it for free on Android and Apple phones and tablets. Find out more about the app here.

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 get involved if you can (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 if you 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!

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March forms up from 11am on Victoria Embankment, before heading to a rally in Hyde Park. More info on getting there.

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