On a visit to Preston MEP candidate Tommy Robinson claimed the turnout for his rally was the best support he had been shown in the North West - though many disagreed.
Several hundred people gathered to hear him speak on Ashton Park on Monday night.
Meanwhile around 40 people turned up to a ‘Peace, Love and Milkshake Party’ in the city centre, to take a stand against the far-right activist.
One protester at the milkshake party said that Preston had a proud history of ‘fighting against fascists’.
Robinson, also known as Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, said: “This is probably the best crowd we’ve had all across the North West.”
Readers were, predictably, divided on Robinson’s visit to the city.
For shame Preston, for shame.
Not something to be proud of.
Heidi Caunce Berry
Why was this scumbag allowed in Preston?
It’s called democracy.
When’s he standing trial again for contempt of court?
A poor turn out, a peaceful milkshake protest in town. Take the hint Yaxley-Lennon, we don’t want your hate speech in our yard.
Clever tactics by the little man. Choose a area with no McDonalds.
I think most just turned up just to see what all the fuss was about. 600? What’s the population of Preston again?
It shows racism/facism is still a minority in Preston and when a clown turns up anyone will just attend a circus.
There was around 1000 there and just 40 left wing opposition.
This man is a hero.
Not that I support TR in any way but it’s easy to see how support for the far-right is encouraged by a weak government.
As with all hate mongers, he should be jailed.
Sad sad people.
The population is approx 140,000 so even if 600 did turn up which I doubt, that’s 0.43 per cent of the city which is pathetic, as it should be.
Far right are the Biggest threat today ....that’s a fact.
Right wing agenda depends on creating division in society .. bigots like this man, who does not deserve naming, has no place in society.
Tommy Robinson stands by what he says against grooming kids and terrorists he’s got my support.
He also got a brick thrown at his board.