This year Keep Our NHS Public escalated our presence at the Notting Hill Carnival marching (and dancing!) alongside the mighty Nostalgia Steel Band spreading our message and - why not - letting our hair down for once...
Check out this video from this years Carnival,
Anne Drinkell, former Nurse and Chair of Save Our Hospitals – Charing Cross & Hammersmith (SOH) said,
Its impossible to think of a better Bank Holiday Monday then marching & dancing for the NHS with the famous Nostalgia Steel Band whose van was draped with 2 Keep Our NHS Public banners. Lionel, Hazel and the band were so welcoming - lots swapping their band tee shirts for NHS ones - the crowds were appreciative and so many pressroom pictures were probably known internationally! Big thanks to Gloria & Swee for making it happen!
Nostalgia Steel Band’s history can be traced back to 1951, when the Trinidad All Steel Percussion Orchestra (TASPO) left Trinidad and Tobago in July of that year to take part in the ‘Festival of Britain 1951’. Today, Nostalgia is the only pan-around-neck steel band in the Notting Hill Carnival. Band members walk and play the instrument at the same time. You can get a flavour for what their about here,
Keep Our NHS Public messaging was really visible at Carnival and we received a huge amount of support from the community for our commitment to defending the NHS from the Conservative Government's agenda.
It's essential that Keep Our NHS Public works tirelessly to remind everyone that the NHS belongs to each and everyone of us, no matter your background or ethnicity. If we stand together we can preserve a publicly run and publicly owned NHS for all.
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