Hundreds gather in the rain for anti-Brexit protest in London - despite the event technically being cancelled

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Hundreds of people have gathered in Trafalgar Square for a pro-EU rally - despite organisers saying the event was cancelled.

Supporters during a pro-EU rally in Trafalgar Square in London (Ian West/PA)
(Ian West/PA)

Huge groups of protesters came out in force to stand in the rain with banners and placards to protest the referendum vote for the UK to leave the European Union.

protestors at the event (Ian West/PA)
(Ian West/PA)

protestors at the event (Ian West/PA)
(Ian West/PA)

Organisers had previously cancelled the event due to safety fears over the large number of people expected to attend, writing on Facebook: "It started with the idea of bringing 20 friends together in London Fields park in East London, and now we have over 50,000 people who want to stand together in London. We've tried all we can to ensure this could go ahead. However logistically it's not possible to ensure a safe event."

the London Stays facebook event (Screengrab/Facebook)
The original Facebook group for the event (Screengrab/Facebook)

the London Stays facebook event (Screengrab/Facebook)
The replacement event page (Screengrab/Facebook)

But an alternative Facebook event was swiftly set up instead and the defiant crowds turned up regardless - with even Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron making an appearance.

And a little rain certainly didn't put this lot off.