London boaters hold protest fair on new 'no mooring zone'
The Spring Fayre - organised by the National Bargee Travellers Association (NBTA) - drew close to a thousand boaters, took place on Sunday 14th May and was held in Hackney, east London, on one of the ‘no mooring zones’ which have been in operation since last year.
Marcus Trower, NBTA London branch secretary and one of the event’s organisers said:
“This event perfectly encapsulated why itinerant boaters will never back down in the face of CRT’s attempts to bully us off the waterways. Hundreds of people have come out together today because of the joy, community and life that boaters bring to the water. We’ve had huge numbers of locals expressing horror at the idea that the CRT wants to erase us from these areas, with many non-boaters signing up to get involved in ongoing campaigns.”
The event, which was one of the largest ever organised by the NBTA, saw speeches from boater activists about the ongoing campaigns to defend the rights of itinerant boaters, alongside speeches in solidarity from Unite, Travellers Pride and Acorn, and a whole host of performances from both boater and land-based musicians. The NBTA raised both funds for and awareness of their campaigns with generous donations from the public, and a flood of sign-ups to NBTA communications.
Traveller Pride founder member Tyler Hatwell, said; “We've had a great time meeting boaters today. It's important to build these links between the various travelling groups; coming together to ensure we can all live how we want is fundamental. We're proud to represent Traveller Pride at this great event.”