Nuns sitting on spikes?

Sister Diana CHN writes about a planned protest in Manchester City Centre

Selfridges-spikesThere had been  press reports about  spikes installed by Selfridges in Manchester on a ledge at the side of their store in Manchester (only a few yards away from the Cathedral)  to prevent the homeless – and anyone else for that matter – sitting down there. A lot of people had said how outraged they felt about it.  An on-line petition was launched, attracted thousands of signatures and received coverage on national television.

A  group of clergy and others wished to make our opposition to this known in a clear but peaceful non-confrontational way. So a letter was sent to Selfridges expressing our concerns and a Sit Down was organised for  Thursday 26 Feb at 1.15 pm.

As Sr Jean and I made our way to the rendez-vous point outside the Cathedral we stopped to talk to Chris (Big Issue seller) and bought his last-but-one copy.  He was very excited – not only was he selling the Big Issue but he also featured in it – complaining about the spikes and about how badly he is treated by Selfridges, even though his appointed pitch is outside their store. !  But the chief cause of his excitement was that the spikes had been removed.

So, instead of Sitting Down, we went into Selfridges to deliver a letter thanking the management for acting so quickly and  removing the spikes.  We then went to Sit Down in triumph in ProperTea (Cathedral Café) for a cup of tea!

(Click here for the Manchester Evening News report on this)

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