Demonstrators march through The Walks, King’s Lynn, to show their support. Pictures: Ian Burt
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West Norfolk residents came together to take a stand against racism.

A peaceful protest was held  to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement in The Walks, King’s Lynn, on Saturday afternoon.

The event was in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man, who died in Minneapolis last month.

His death triggered global outrage and a number of protests around the world have been held since.

Organiser Jess Colville, 22, said: “It went really well and we had a big turnout, which I was quite surprised about.

“I gave a brief speech where I reiterated the protest must be a peaceful one, and safe too, by wearing PPE, which people did. We also had spare masks for people to wear.

“Friends also gave speeches. Jasmai Gostling talked about statistics and how you are more likely to be stopped by police if you are a black person and Dione Gunn talked about her experience of being a person of colour.”

The demonstrators also took part in an impromptu march through The Walks.

Miss Colville said the protest was successful and people showed solidarity.

“We liased with the police throughout and we had no trouble at all. It all went very smoothly,” she added.

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