Over 600 people protested in Wigton, north Cumbria, last Saturday against threats to the NHS in the area. The population of Wigton is just 5,360.
Some 118 beds and the futures of community hospitals at Cockermouth, Maryport, Keswick, Workington, Penrith, Brampton, Alston, Millom and Wigton are threatened.
The Wigton march adopted the style of a New Orleans Creole funeral parade.
Local people lined the streets to cheer the marchers past.
Some 45,000 people have signed a petition to save north Cumbria’s cottage hospitals.
It is planned that the petition will be delivered to the government in London on 28 March.
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