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Saturday, March 14, 1998 Published at 11:26 GMT


Cornwall demands economic help
image: [ The Tamar bridge is a focus for protest ]
The Tamar bridge is a focus for protest

Hundreds of campaigners demanding help for Cornwall's economy have staged a protest at a toll bridge across the River Tamar.

Greg Woods said Cornwall cannot afford more job losses on BBC News 24 (3' 35')
The demonstration has been organised by the Cornish Solidarity Action Group, which was formed following the closure of Europe's last tin mine, South Crofty, last week.

The convoy of protesters, many waving black and white Cornish flags from their vehicles, drove to the Tamar Bridge, and used pennies to pay the £1 toll to enter Devon at Plymouth.

[ image: Former miners joined forces with farmers and fishermen]
Former miners joined forces with farmers and fishermen
Greg Woods, Cornish Solidarity chairman, who was active in the community campaign to save the mine, said the protesters were paying in pennies "because that is all we have got left to pay with in Cornwall."

He said Cornwall was currently losing about 50 jobs a week, and young people were having to leave the area to look elsewhere for work.

He said Cornwall was experiencing a "youth drain," because youngsters had to leave the county to get a university degree, and then stayed away because there was nothing to go back to.

The organisers were demanding special status for Cornwall, which would give the county the same benefits as South Wales and Merseyside in terms of development grants to businesses.

Last month, a 20 car convoy, including miners, farmers, fishermen and councillors, caused a six mile traffic jam when they drove at a snail's pace on the main A30 road, half the length of the county to the Devon border to protest about the Cornish economy.

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