STUDENTS in Farnborough have joined the fight against war with Iraq by joining forces with the Stop the War Coalition.

The Sixth Form College, Farnborough, is home to a large group of anti-war campaigners, who are urging their fellow classmates to join the crusade.

In a small demonstration held in the college’s canteen on Friday, the group handed out leaflets and urged fellow students to sign a petition, which they intend to present to local MP Gerald Howarth.

A total of 20 students running the group hope to encourage others to take part in a larger demonstration at Embankment, London, on Saturday.

Jamie Merrill, 18, of Farnborough, said: “I started the group and it’s just grown and grown.

“We have about 20 people who organise things at the moment and are aiming to get as many students as possible to come along to the national demonstration on Saturday.

“We’ve sent letters to local Aldershot MP Gerald Howarth and already have 300 signatures on our petition.

“Today we are hoping to get more.”

The group maintains strong views on the subject of war with Iraq and feels its views are important.

Jamie added: “80% of people are opposed to this war and I can bet you that a lot of that’s students. That’s a big reason as to why we set this up — we want to get people to march.

“The college doesn’t support our views but it isn’t against them either, it just allows us freedom of speech.”

Fellow student, Jenni Chagase, 16, of Farnborough, said: “I think it’s stupid and totally unnecessary for Bush to attack Iraq. This conflict over weapons has been going on for years and I don’t think this will help stop terrorists.”

The march, jointly organised by the Stop the War Coalition, CND and Muslim Association of Britain, will hope to bring campaigners, like Jamie and his group, together in a demonstration for peace.

Last September they held the country’s largest ever anti-war demonstration when 400,000 marched, and this year they are hoping to attract even more campaigners.