Slideshow: Public sector workers attend Eastbourne rally

Hundreds of teachers, ambulance staff, midwives, nurses and council workers took to the streets of Eastbourne this morning as part of a nationwide day of protest against planned changes to public sector pensions.

Members of more than a dozen unions were among an estimated 400 plus local workers who met at the bandstand on the seafront for a rally before bringing the town centre to a standstill by marching to Bankers Corner.

Most of the demonstrators were on strike today, with others, like those from the local ambulance crews, were representing colleagues while on a rest day.

And, with schools shut across Eastbourne, there were plenty of youngsters there to lend a hand, including many of waved hand made placards and signs.

There was even a dog with a knitted UNISON jumper.

The reaction from passers by was largely positive, although a few people heckled from afar.

For more reaction, including photographs from the rally, see Friday’s Herald.