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'Reclaiming Hackney' Good Friday March

Many came out to support the Good Friday march hosted by Clapton Community Seventh-day Adventist church on Friday April 3rd. The theme for the march was “Reclaiming Hackney” against gun crime, unemployment and drug addiction. There were 2 mothers who had sons that were victims of stabbings who also took part in the march.

With banners "STOP the bloodshed” as Jesus has shed his blood, the community and Clapton members followed the Holloway drum core that led the march from Clapton Community Seventh-day Adventist Church on Chelmer Road, past the murder mile and ended at the Hackney Town Hall on Mare Street. Vast crowds peered through doors and windows of houses and shops snapping photographs in curiosity and many accepted leaflets and free magazines. Once they reached the Town Hall, Pastor David Burnett prayed over the community and all who took part, after which the dynamic speaker Ray Patrick gave a short talk.

The march ended in a deprived estate hall where free refreshments were served followed by a workshop on Gang culture, a few from the community came in and joined in the lively discussions as to why young people join gangs and turn to crime. There were many moving testimonies from the community and one gentleman who had left church over 18 years ago has now given his life back to Christ and has bible studies.


This is the start of many peace marches Clapton church will host in the future to help their local community.

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