But whilst some middle-class Cambridge people were shouting abuse down megaphones at these wounded souls, one group were embracing the visitors to their city with moving courage. I spoke with members of the local mosque a few days before the rally – people were scared they said, they felt unprepared for confrontation. I encouraged them to see this event as an opportunity. Within a few days they had completely turned the situation around. A decision was taken to open the mosque to the public to coincide with the Asian Mela that was happening in the city on Sunday. Leaflets were printed and Biryani for 400 English Defence League protesters was prepared.