With just an hour to go the metropolitan police told organisers of today’s Not One More Death protest that it would not be banned from marching to parliament.
There was a sense of jubilation, pride and determination as over 5,000 protesters set out down Whitehall from Trafalgar Square, on the Stop The War Coalition (StWC) demonstration.
Students and pensioners joined trade unionists and peace activists. All were convinced that StWC’s refusal to accept the ban and the size of the turnout had forced the authorities' hand.
“It’s been a bad couple of days for Gordon Brown,” joked one pensioner as the march went past Downing Street.