On the evening of 9 June 1926 the Portsmouth pilgrims held an open-air meeting in Guildhall Square, despite the ‘drenching rain’. They had with them their banner, inscribed ‘Peacemakers’ Pilgrimage. Portsmouth to London.’ Several women from Gosport, who supported the aims of the Pilgrimage, had travelled to Portsmouth to attend the meeting. The model resolution on law not war was passed unanimously.
At the end of the meeting the pilgrims, wearing armlets inscribed with a white dove, marched to Cosbain from where they planned to set off on the morning of 10 June 1926. They planned to reach Petersfield that night. On the way to London they hoped to pick up pilgrims from Gosport, Isle of Wight and Southampton.
Portsmouth Evening News, 10 June 1926.