Solihull football fans have been praised for showing their support for an NHS protest which took place in Lancashire at the weekend.
The group of around 50 fans who had been to watch the Chorley v Solihull Moors away game on Saturday ended up joining in with the ‘Protect Chorley Hospital from cuts and privatisation’ protest through Chorley town centre.
The protest attracted more than 400 people, all fighting to protect services at Chorley Hospital.
Steve Turner, one of the protest organisers, praised the behaviour of the group of Solihull Moors fans.
“Football fans get a lot of bad press and so I just wanted to put on record how impressed we were by their attitude and behaviour,” Steve said.
“We were marching along the street and, all of a sudden, around 50 fans from Solihull started to join in. They were singing songs and chanting in support of the NHS and our campaign. They all ended up joining in with the march. We were just really impressed with the solidarity that the fans had shown,” Steve added.
“It was refreshing to see so much support for our campaign.”
Chorley Hospital staff took to the streets on Saturday on the back of a decision to privatise hospital services.
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust is proposing to award its sterilisation services contract to Synergy Health.
The proposals have been met with anger and workers at Chorley and Preston hospitals marched through the streets of Chorley in protest at the decision.
The protest was supported by unions and campaign groups.