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From the editor: City protest proves the spirit of community is alive and well in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 11:43 15 October 2016 | UPDATED: 12:07 15 October 2016

Residents of Clarendon Road continue their campaign to save the ornamental bollards on their road. Sally Fowler, front left, and Derek Haylock, front right, measure the distance of only 10cm needed to move the bollards to get the mechanical sweepers up the alley, and Ellen Mitchell, centre, holds the petition. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Residents of Clarendon Road continue their campaign to save the ornamental bollards on their road. Sally Fowler, front left, and Derek Haylock, front right, measure the distance of only 10cm needed to move the bollards to get the mechanical sweepers up the alley, and Ellen Mitchell, centre, holds the petition. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Copyright: Archant 2016

Of all the photos we have published in the Evening News over the past few weeks, it is the one on the right that has given me the most enjoyment.

For those unaware, this is a group of people living in and around Clarendon Road who have teamed-up to try and save two historic bollards which Norwich City Council wants to remove.

To some, the reaction to this story may have been one of indifference and amazement at the lengths people would go to protect such items.

But for me this story signifies so much more.

Granted, as protests go, we’re not exactly talking about the Poll Tax Riots or the Suffragettes in terms of scale.

But the subject matter is not actually what matters in this instance, it’s the fact there are still people out there who care enough about their community to take action like this.

All too often in the modern world people seem apathetic and unwilling to make a difference to the area in which they live.

A massive well done, therefore, to Lesley Cunneen and Marilyn Mann, the neighbours who initially rallied against this decision.

It also proves there are still areas out there in Norwich which have retained a strong sense of community spirit. It’s fantastic to see that where Lesley and Marilyn have led, others have followed.

I wonder how many of those people in the photo previously didn’t know each other, but will now have a common bond forever more.

For a newspaper and website like the Evening News, causes like this are our lifeblood. We play a vital role in making sure small groups like this have their voices heard.

That’s crucial in the democratic society within which we live.

What happens next in this particular issue remains to be seen, but if there is anyone else out there involved in similar protests or disputes, please do make sure you get in touch.

* A printing error in last Saturday’s Evening News meant that the usual PinkUn supplement was not included. Can I apologise for that, hopefully it didn’t ruin your overall enjoyment of the paper.

If you would still like to receive the supplement please email me your address and I’ll happily put it in the post.

• If you have any news, views or feedback then please do drop me a line at david.powles@archant.co.uk

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