REDDITCH businessman John Kane took to the streets of London last weekend as part of the People’s Vote campaign, along with his bagpipes.
Mr Kane, 59, is the boss of family housing company, Liam Kane Properties.
His company provides rooms in shared houses across Redditch and he is the town’s first Accredited Landlord.
Originally from Scotland and a keen bagpipe player, Mr Kane, complete with kilt, entertained the million strong crowd during the march from Marble Arch via Trafalgar Square to the Palace of Westminster.
The Church Hill resident, who has lived in Redditch for more than 20 years even stopped outside the Prime Minister’s residence at 10 Downing Street to give her his own rendition of the Euro anthem, Ode to Joy.
“I do hope Mrs May was listening,” said Mr Kane, “my bagpipe playing was clearly in tune with the crowd and even the armed police outside Downing Street found it amusing.
“Whilst there was a carnival atmosphere on the march, there is a serious side to my efforts.
“More than half my tenants are from overseas, mostly from EU countries. They are nurses, care staff and factory workers that this town depends on for it’s prosperity.
“If we were to crash out of Europe with no deal then Redditch would be much poorer and it’s possible that many businesses, including my own, would suffer badly.
“I have raised the matter directly with our MP, Rachel Maclean, but she has always stuck to the Tory Party line that the country in 2016 voted to leave.
“Even in 2016, most people in Redditch did not vote to leave the EU.
“The younger generation and EU citizens who have lived here for many years and pay their taxes have been completely ignored.
“I would like Rachel Maclean to think again and put the interests of the people of Redditch first.
“The people of this town for in 2015 for a Tory government and in 2017 Theresa May for her own reasons had a second vote. She has now had two votes on her deal and soon possibly a third while we only got to vote once.”