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Crowds gather in Norwich city centre to join March for Mental Health

PUBLISHED: 13:48 30 April 2017 | UPDATED: 10:37 02 May 2017

Large crowds were drawn to today's March for Mental Health in Norwich. Photo by Andrew Day.

Large crowds were drawn to today's March for Mental Health in Norwich. Photo by Andrew Day.

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Hundreds of people of all ages gathered in Norwich city centre to add their voices to the call for better mental health services and to protest against cuts to the NHS.

Hazel Van Der Lee with her son Vincenzo and their home-made placards. Picture: SABRINA JOHNSON Hazel Van Der Lee with her son Vincenzo and their home-made placards. Picture: SABRINA JOHNSON

Protesters assembled outside City Hall at 11am before heading through the city centre carrying banners, placards and marching to cries of “no ifs, no buts, no mental health cuts” before finishing in Chapelfield Gardens, where members of the public were addressed by the march organisers.

A young supporter at today's March for Mental Health in Norwich. Photo by Andrew Day. A young supporter at today's March for Mental Health in Norwich. Photo by Andrew Day.

One protester Hazel Van Der Lee, 43, of Great Yarmouth, who had her own experience of cuts made to mental health services, said: “All these cuts are outrageous, it’s everyone’s problem in the community, there really needs to be help for everyone.”

Preparations before today's March for Mental Health in Norwich. Photo by Andrew Day. Preparations before today's March for Mental Health in Norwich. Photo by Andrew Day.

The march was organised by the Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk who campaign to fight the cuts and ‘radical redesign’ at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

Campaigners took to the streets for today's March for Mental Health in Norwich. Photo by Andrew Day. Campaigners took to the streets for today's March for Mental Health in Norwich. Photo by Andrew Day.

Members of the public at today's March for Mental Health in Norwich. Photo by Andrew Day. Members of the public at today's March for Mental Health in Norwich. Photo by Andrew Day.

Crowds gather for today's March for Mental Health in Norwich. Photo by Andrew Day. Crowds gather for today's March for Mental Health in Norwich. Photo by Andrew Day.

Signs were carried as people marched across Norwich city centre  for Mental Health. Photo by Andrew Day. Signs were carried as people marched across Norwich city centre for Mental Health. Photo by Andrew Day.

Crowds start to march outside City Hall in Norwich for today's March for Mental Health. Photo by Andrew Day. Crowds start to march outside City Hall in Norwich for today's March for Mental Health. Photo by Andrew Day.

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March for Mental Health. Picture: Ann Nicholls March for Mental Health. Picture: Ann Nicholls

March for Mental Health. Picture: Ann Nicholls March for Mental Health. Picture: Ann Nicholls

March for Mental Health. Picture: Ann Nicholls March for Mental Health. Picture: Ann Nicholls

March for Mental Health, Norwich. Pictures: Andrew Day March for Mental Health, Norwich. Pictures: Andrew Day

March for Mental Health, Norwich. Pictures: Andrew Day March for Mental Health, Norwich. Pictures: Andrew Day

March for Mental Health, Norwich. Pictures: Andrew Day March for Mental Health, Norwich. Pictures: Andrew Day

March for Mental Health, Norwich. Pictures: Andrew Day March for Mental Health, Norwich. Pictures: Andrew Day

March for Mental Health, Norwich. Pictures: Andrew Day March for Mental Health, Norwich. Pictures: Andrew Day

March for Mental Health, Norwich. Pictures: Andrew Day March for Mental Health, Norwich. Pictures: Andrew Day

March for Mental Health, Norwich. Pictures: Andrew Day March for Mental Health, Norwich. Pictures: Andrew Day

March for Mental Health, Norwich. Pictures: Andrew Day March for Mental Health, Norwich. Pictures: Andrew Day

March for Mental Health, Norwich. Pictures: Andrew Day March for Mental Health, Norwich. Pictures: Andrew Day

March for Mental Health, Norwich. Pictures: Andrew Day March for Mental Health, Norwich. Pictures: Andrew Day

March for Mental Health, Norwich. Pictures: Andrew Day March for Mental Health, Norwich. Pictures: Andrew Day

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