An 'amazing turnout' of people gathered last weekend (25/3) as the Save Reading Gaol campaign organised a colourful ‘call to arms'.

The turnout included people from all communities across Reading including MPs, council officials, local arts groups, and many members of the public.

The march started at Queens Walk and is a continuation on the efforts to show the ministry of justice how important the future of the Goal is to the people of Reading.

Their aim is to transform the historic building into an arts and heritage centre which has been backed by MPs since its closure, receiving continued support from public figures such as Banksy throughout the years.

MP for Reading East, Matt Rodda was present alongside Alok Sharma who commended the fantastic turnout.

Matt Rodda said: “I had a fantastic time at the march to Reading Gaol today. Thankyou to everyone who took part, and to the team at @SaveReadingGaol for all their work coordinating. 10 years on since Reading Gaol was mothballed, and we’re still waiting for this building to be unlocked.

“The size of today’s march shows just how important this building still is – I will continue to push for the Goal to be a hub for arts and heritage in Reading.”

Reading MP Alok Sharma commented on the day. He said: “A huge thank you to everyone who organised and joined the #SaveReadingGaol event today to demonstrate their support for turning the site into a local cultural hub to celebrate Reading’s heritage The campaign marches on!”

Reading Mayor, Rachel Eden was also present at the march.

She commented on Twitter: “Amazing turnout for #SaveReadingGaol. Proud to speak for the town and call on the Ministry of Justice to let our community access the site and make the most of our heritage. It's our history!”