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Organisers prepare for Reading Prison mass hug

Picture credited to Reading Council

The organisers of a mass hug of Reading Prison have revealed one thousand people have registered to take part so far.

Campaigners will be taking the action on Sunday 13th October, as they want the historic site to be turned into an arts and theatre centre.

The organisers say the main idea is to have a good-natured, family-friendly opportunity to demonstrate support for saving the gaol as a community resource, by surrounding the prison walls with people linking hands.

Linda Saul, who is also the main event organiser, said: 

“This is our chance to show how much we want the gaol to become a force for good in the community as an arts hub and museum, to redeem it after its chequered past.

“A cultural centre at Reading Gaol would be of enormous benefit to the town - both as an asset that local people can enjoy and as a tourist attraction

“We were expecting the sale to be announced before the Hug happened, we are not fazed by it”.

Guests including the Mayor of Reading Councillor Paul Woodward, Reading East MP Matt Rodda, Reading West MP Alok Sharma and Councillor Tony Page have been confirmed as amongst those attending who'll be taking part in the hug.

Details of how to sign up for the event can be found here.

You can find out more about the Reading Gaol Hug here.

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