Over 6 months in preparation, approximately 200 cars, vans, lorries and bikers set out from London to Calais, carrying funds, supplies and solidarity to the refugee camps in NW France. Maybe it was the timing; the euro competition, the state of emergency, or strikes, but the region of Pas de Calais refused to allow the convoy board the ferries. As somebody said:’ It OK to let the fans and hooligans into the country, but not a convoy bringing needed supplies.’
The atmosphere was a mixture of defiance, anger, and hope, as the organisers negotiated with the French and Kent police. No go… the convoy had to turn back, and head to the french embassy, where a demonstration is staged. Having come from all over England, Wales and Scotland, the trip back is going to be long or some. Good luck and until next time, it was worth it.