ANGRY protesters brought Winchester’s city centre to a virtual standstill in these pictures from May 1990.

Scores of demonstrators marched against poll tax from the Royal Hampshire County Hospital to the Guildhall. With around 60 protestors, the turnout was considered disappointing by the health union COHSE.

Following speeches outside the Guildhall strongly condemning the poll tax, also known as the community charge, the demonstration broke up peacefully.

Among those marching was Labour city councillor Nigel Fox, also a member of the Winchester district health authority. He explained he believed the poll tax was unfair. “Any public demonstration against that injustice I would support.”

Fears about a drop in popularity over poll tax saw the Conservatives oust prime minister Margaret Thatcher that November.