The organisers of Saturday’s Jeremy Corbyn rally in Ramsgate believe it will start a new movement for change in Thanet.
Jackie Walker of Momentum Thanet said: “This huge and amazing rally was the biggest political event on the isle in years. It shows the huge appetite among people here for a new beginning.”
Momentum is now in the process of setting up of working groups to tackle issues such as health, housing, jobs and education in Thanet and is inviting local people to get involved.
She said: “We urgently want people who have expertise and ideas to come forward. Another Thanet is possible – but it has to be a collective effort.”
The organisers were amazed when a crowd – estimated by the BBC to be 3000 strong – packed the town’s East Cliff bandstand.
The large crowds meant Mr Corbyn had to speak from a fire engine to be seen.
“It was absolutely staggering,” Jackie said. “And at such short notice — we only knew Jeremy was coming a few days before.”
The rally, called “Another Thanet Is Possible”, was planned to take place on Ramsgate seafront. The coming of Mr Corbyn meant a last minute change of venue.
“It was all hands to the wheel – and it meant a big group effort by all our volunteers,” Jackie said.
She added: “I must send our great thanks to the Events Team of Thanet District Council who were so helpful in making possible our move with such little warning.”
Rumours of a planned disruption by far-right groups came to nothing.
The next steps for Momentum following the rally will be discussed at a meeting on Tuesday 13 September at 7pm at the Red Hall, 11 Grosvenor Rd, Broadstairs CT10 2BT.