Saturday 16 December 2017

London riots: Messages of support on hoardings to be preserved

Messages of support written on boards covering shop windows smashed in this month's riots are to be preserved for posterity.

Hundreds of members of the public scribbled words of goodwill and defiance on the 9ft by 6ft wooden hoardings protecting the Debenhams store in Clapham Junction, south London, which was targeted by looters on August 8.

The messages included "We have taken Clapham back. The rioters won't stop our community" and "Clapham, we love you. Get well soon".

Debenhams has now taken down the boards but hopes to display them somewhere prominent so people can come and see them as a reminder of the outpouring of positive community spirit that followed the ugly scenes of violence which swept England.

Neil Roberts, manager of the Clapham Junction store, said: "The generosity of the people of Clapham and Battersea has transformed plain pieces of wood into a testament for our times.

"Their words of support are proof that, in times of adversity, Londoners still have the strength of character to stand up and offer a helping hand."

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