The day Keith Richards marched through the streets of Chichester to save St Richard’s Hospital

Thousands witnessed the biggest ever protest march in Chichester’s history in October 2007 against a possible closure of St Richard’s Hospital services.

Tuesday, 2nd April 2019, 10:56 am
Updated Tuesday, 2nd April 2019, 11:02 am
Keith Richards centre joins an organised march through the streets of Chichester to campaign against the possible closure of St Richard's Hospital. Picture Allan Hutchings:

Rolling Stone Keith Richards joined with supporters and marched through the streets from Chichester College to Priory Park where more than 10,000 people gathered to oppose the threat to the city’s hospital. It was the highlight of the successful campaign which saw maternity and A&E services retained at both Chichester and Worthing Hospital.

Supporters for the campaign against the possible closure of St Richard's Hospital gather in Priory Park Chichester. Picture Allan Hutchings
Supporters for the campaign against the possible closure of St Richard's Hospital gather in Priory Park Chichester. Picture Allan Hutchings
An organised march makes its way through the streets of Chichester to campaign against the possible closure of St Richard's Hospital. Picture Allan Hutchings
Keith Richards centre joins an organised march through the streets of Chichester to campaign against the possible closure of St Richard's Hospital. Picture Allan Hutchings
Hospital supporters march through Chichester. Photo Louise Adams
Strong support in Chichester city centre. Photo Louise Adams
Thousands of local people voice their anger and give their support to the campaign. Picture by Louise Adams
Strong feelings in Chichester. Photo Louise Adams
Christopher Timothy, Patricia Routledge and Keith Richards at an organised march through the streets of Chichester to campaign against the possible closure of St Richard's Hospital. Picture Allan Hutchings
Bognor Regis and Littlehampton MP Nick Gibb voices his support for the hospital. Picture by Louise Adams
Five-year-old Chloe McCullock who needed specialist baby care at St Richard's having weighed only 2.21bs at birth. Picture by Louise Adams
Support from the young generation. Picture by Lousie Adams
Actor Christopher Timothy lends his support. Picture by Louise Adams
Chichester MP Andrew Tyrie addresses the crowds. Picture by Louise Adams
Families show their support for St Richard's Hospital. Picture by Kate Shemilt
Crowds are Priory Park. Picture by Kate Shemilt
Keith Richards addresses the crowds. Picture by Kate Shemilt
Showing their support. Picture by Kate Shemilt
Keith Richards addresses the crowds
Support for the hospital
A sea of support for St Richard's Hospital. Picture by Kate Shemilt
The march goes past the Cathedral. Picture by Kate Shemilt
A sea of pink in Chichester's North Street. Picture by Kate Shemilt
Supporters made their feelings known. Picture by Kate Shemilt
Marchers filled North Street. Picture by Kate Shemilt
Such great support for the hospital. Picture by Kate Shemilt
Hospital supporters. Picture by Kate Shemilt
Keith Richards talks to a young hospital supporter. Picture by Kate Shemilt
Banners and balloons in support of the hospital. Picture by Kate Shemilt
Sea of support. Picture by Kate Shemilt
Supporters filled North Street. Picture by Kate Shemilt
Supporters walk past Chichester Cathedrel. Picture by Kate Shemilt
Keith Richards lending his support to St Richard's Hospital
Strong support. Picture by Kate Shemilt
Flying the flag for St Richard's Hospital. Picture by Kate Shemilt
Strong support for the hospital. Picture by Kate Shemilt
Young campaigners show their support for the hospital. Picture by Kate Shemilt
Massive support at Priory Park. Picture by Kate Shemilt
One voice in support of St Richard's Hospital
Supporters left NHS bosses in no doubt about their support for the hospital. Picture by Kate Shemilt
Chichester MP Andrew Tyrie addresses the crowds
Sea of pink at Priory Park. Picture by Kate Shemilt
Great vocal support for St Richard's Hospital. Picture by Kate Shemilt
Great support for the hospital. Picture by Kate Shemilt
Supporters marched past the Cathedral. Picture by Kate Shemilt
Marching past The Cross. Picture by Kate Shemilt
Support for St Richard's Hospital. Picture by Kate Shemilt