AN appeal has been made for the organisers of a ‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstration in Ludlow on Friday evening to think again.

But the organisers say that the event that they say will be peaceful is going ahead at 6.30pm on the Linney and will be peaceful with social distancing in place.

Ludlow town councillor Vivienne Parry, who also represents to town on Shropshire Council, says she is against racism and in favour of free speech.

The supports the message and understands the emotion but says the event is taking place in the wrong place at the wrong time.

She says that it risks spreading the coronavirus in a town where there are a large number of older and vulnerable people.

There have also been concerns on social media about the event.

“People do not want it and are frightened,” said Mrs Parry.

“I am all in favour of free speech and against racism, but it breaks the law on large gatherings and social distancing is impossible at these events,” she said.

“My message to the organisers is think again.”

Covid-19 has been shown to be more dangerous to people from a black minority ethnic background which makes the event even more extraordinary.

Mrs Parry said that she had been contacted by many people who are worried and alarmed.

“Demonstrate by all means but this is the wrong time and place,” added Mrs Parry.

The organisers say that because of the anticipated number of people the event has been moved from the town centre to the Linney to enable social distancing.

There will be speakers from the Black Minority Ethnic Community and other people sharing stories and enlightenment on racial injustices in the local area and the UK.

Poems and artwork from local people will also be shared online and during the event.

There will be no marches to ensure maximum safety. Face coverings must be worn and there will be temporary markings to help people stay at least two metres apart.

People are being asked to wear black so that they can show unity and to bring signs, posters and artwork to show that Black Lives Matter!

The organisers say that people who are shielding or experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms should not attend. It is intended that the event will be live streamed on facebook and instagram.