'This is our star, look after it' - Pro-EU message from veterans projected on to White Cliffs of Dover

PUBLISHED: 10:17 31 January 2020 | UPDATED: 20:44 31 January 2020

Led By Donkeys project a message to Europe on the side of the White Cliffs of Dover. Photograph: By Donkeys/Twitter.

Led By Donkeys project a message to Europe on the side of the White Cliffs of Dover. Photograph: By Donkeys/Twitter.

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Anti-Brexit campaigners Led By Donkeys have projected a pro-European video on to the White Cliffs of Dover to mark the UK's departure from the EU.

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Led By Donkeys project a message to Europe on the side of the White Cliffs of Dover. Photograph: By Donkeys/Twitter.Led By Donkeys project a message to Europe on the side of the White Cliffs of Dover. Photograph: By Donkeys/Twitter.

In a message, intended for our European partners, the campaigners have recorded World War II veterans expressing their disappointment that the UK is turning its back on the continent.

It has been projected on to the side of the landmark cliffs and posted on to social media with a clear message for our EU friends.

95-year-old Sid introduces the video. "I'm an ex-World War Two veteran, so what I would like to say to you now in Holland and in Germany and France, Belgium, everybody this is a message from the White Cliffs of Dover, from Britain," he says.

He continues: "I feel very sad about it all, because we don't know which way things are going.

Led By Donkeys project a message to Europe on the side of the White Cliffs of Dover. Photograph: By Donkeys/Twitter.Led By Donkeys project a message to Europe on the side of the White Cliffs of Dover. Photograph: By Donkeys/Twitter.

"First of all, I'm Welsh, and I'm British, and I'm European and I'm a human being."

He adds: "Look from your side to this side, see these white cliffs and we're looking across at you feeling we want to be together and we will be together before long I'm sure."

98-year-old Brigadier Stephen Goodall, a WWII war veteran, also appears in the video. "I feel really depressed at the idea that we are leaving Europe," he says. "I like to be called a European, and the feeling that one has of comradeship as one goes round Europe is really quite something."

He adds: "At my age I shan't be living much longer but I hope that for the sake of my children and my grandchildren and my great grandchildren that England, Britain will move back to be much closer to Europe than what we have done now."

The video fades to a blue background with a single yellow star and a message from the Led By Donkeys campaigners.

"This is our star, look after it for us," reads the closing statement, hinting the UK will rejoin the EU in the future.

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It has been posted and shared accompanied by captions in different European languages - and liked, shared and viewed thousands of times in just a matter of minutes of it being posted.

"I thought I was so resigned to Brexit happening that I wouldn't feel much today. But this made me tear up. All my anger and bitterness has flooded back," wrote one.

"Well this made me cry this morning. A beautifully put-together message," said Alison Skitini.

"I'm not weeping, it's an allergy," tweeted Louise Whittake.

"This just made me cry!" said an emotional Jenny Willott. "It's so powerful and exactly how so many of us feel. Thank you Sid and Stephen and @bydonkeys for sending exactly the right message today".

"I watched this with sadness and admiration for these old guys on Brexit day," commented Charlie Morris. "My 98-year-old Dad, who was in the RAF in World War Two, also thinks Brexit is a disaster for his country. Lions led by donkeys, indeed,"

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