With no offer coming forward from managemnet last night, the Enfield Nine started the day leafleting the commuter hotspots in north London then set about drumming up support on Southbury Road (by the bridge over the New River Loop) encouraging drivers to beep and honk in support.
Many NUJ members came out to offer moral support early on and Miles Barter from the PCS union made a donation to support the members and tut-tutting over the subbing and lack of photographs in today’s editions of the Enfield Advertiser Series and Haringey Advertiser (see the e-edition on www.enfield-today.co.uk and www.tottenham-today.co.uk).
By 12 noon supporters had started arriving for our “funeral” of the papers – with Karen Mercer from My Coffee Stop helping to transport the 6ft wooden coffin supplied by Barnet Unison.
The Enfield Nine donned their funeral clothes and FoC Jonathan Lovett became our priest, with a freelance subeditor Andy Wilson taking the role of “Death” and many supporters grabbing our placards and banners we marched behind the coffin, and incense, the short distance to the heart of Enfield Town.
Mr Lovett called himself a “crazy man of the cloth” as he said he believed the “kiss of life” could be given to the papers.
As we sang and cheered about the possibility of the papers being “resurrected” our supporters including councillor Yasmin Brett, Enfield Green Party and Barnet and Enfield Friends of the Earth also made a donation to the Enfield Nine.
After the procession Mr Lovett dashed off to do a BBC Radio 2 interview with Jeremy Vine on the future of local newspapers. Listen again here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b010dh84/Jeremy_Vine_Should_Britain_be_in_or_out_of_the_war_in_Libya/ (starts at approx 1hour and 9mins)
Our day ended with the kind donation of fish and chips from George’s Fish Bar in Southbury Road. Thanks George!