Over 150 British National Party supporters turned out on Saturday to protest the building of another mosque in Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes, reports our regional correspondent.
“We had a very good turnout and lots of support from the local people,” Milton Keynes organiser Kieren Trent said.
A wide variety of homemade banners and slogans were seen alongside dozens of Union flags and St George’s crosses. The posters included slogans such as ‘Islam or Democracy?,’ ‘MK Council – we are your boss!,’ ‘No mosque in the home of the code breakers!’; and ‘Say NO to the Bletchley Mosque.’
The protesters occupied the pavement immediately outside the Plough Pub, which is on a very busy double roundabout. They were greeted by local passersby with a great many ‘thumbs up’ and beeping of car horns.
By the end of the day, another 100 signatures had been collected for the anti-mosque building petition, which has now taken the total gathered to over 600. (In the video below, Mr Kieren’s figure of 500 had been made out of date before the day had ended).
The pub has been bought by a local Muslim group who have applied for planning permission to change it into a place of worship.
“The decision is due to be made in the coming weeks by Milton Keynes Council,” Mr Trent said. “We have made every effort to demonstrate the wide scale opposition felt by local residents.”
After the demonstration, Mr Trent thanked the local people and members for the supporting the protest and led around 70 of them on to a traditional local pub for a social meeting.
In the pub, Buckinghamshire sub-regional organiser Matt Tait said some impassioned words about how the fog was falling from the eyes of our people.
“They are beginning to see that they are being slowly but surely colonised by foreign peoples and alien cultures,” Mr Tait said.
“Today we drew a line in the sand, here in Bletchley, home of the code breakers. United we stand and will remain. This is England and it belongs to us,” he said.
“I want to thank Mr Trent for organising this protest,” Mr Tait continued.
“He took on the role as local organiser only 6 months ago and has led the local branch forward with immense success.”
For his part, Mr Trent told the gathering that it was “important to safeguard the future of our English communities in our homeland against the threat of mass immigration.
“It is also inspiring to see the white working class community of the area standing so united to defend our area.”
Finally, Mr Trent awarded the local party Social Club organisers, Terry and Pauline, with prizes for being ‘Activists of the Year’ and thanked them for their reliability and dedication to the cause.
Terry and Pauline have been vital in organising the protests and even provided the minibus which was used to shuttle people from the railway station to the venue.
They also provided tea and, appropriately enough, bacon rolls, which kept the crowd going on what was a very cold blustery day.