About twenty local women and men chose to dedicate their daily exercise in Cross Flatts Park, Beeston to the memory of Sarah Everard on Saturday.
Sarah Everard was abducted and murdered whilst walking home on Wednesday 3 March. Her death has highlighted the danger and abuse women and girls suffer on a daily basis on our streets.
The ‘love lock’ tree in Cross Flatts Park was adorned with ribbons, placards, flowers and candles by walkers who wore masks and maintained strict social distancing at all times. Two PCSOs kept an eye on proceedings, but there was no need for them to intervene.
Some of the placards read:
“RIP Sarah Everard and 118 women murdered by men during lockdown”
“Reclaim The Streets. A vigil for all women threatened on our streets.”
“We aren’t safe anywhere”
The area around the Watsonian Pavilion has become a rallying point in times of crisis, since the Peace Tree was planted in the Millennium Garden on the first anniversary of the London bombings. Other protests have followed the fire-bombing of a mosque and the gurdwara (Sikh temple) in 2018; and in support of Black Lives Matter last summer.