Derby 'Speakers' Corner' unveiled in Market Place

Derby's speakers' corner
Image caption The corner will eventually feature a plaque

Derby's version of London's famous Speakers' Corner has had its official launch in the city's Market Place.

A brick platform has been installed next to the square's waterfall statue to allow people to air their views.

A plaque is to be installed above the platform at a later date. The idea was agreed by the city council in 2009 but has taken years to complete.

Among the first people to air their views were a disability rights campaigner and a political singer.

Derby City Council's Ranjit Banwait said: "An essential part of free speech in a democratic society is that people should have a right to say more or less whatever they want within the confines of the law.

"It's not just about politics. We're encouraging people to talk - or sing - about whatever they want."

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