Anti-fracking protesters have left the site in Eccles, near the Barton Moss shale.
The protesters moved to the Barton Moss camp in November when the company Igas began exploratory work, searching for shale gas.
While the work was carried out, protesters marched in front of Igas lorries and staged protests in Eccles city centre.
The exploratory work has now ended and the company has left the Barton Moss site.
The leaving protesters – which included Class Actions, a group of rap artists from Salford – threw a farewell party, promising, however, to return when Igas resumes work in the area.
Sasha Conway, who camped through the winter at Barton Moss, said: “This has been a long and hard first part of this campaign. If Igas return, we will be back here.”
Martin Porter, of Frack-Free Greater Manchester, said: “The ‘protectors’ have not only survived but found a community spirit that is so lacking in the rest of our society.
“They have been sustained by local people and have in turn inspired a local community.”
Source: Manchester Evening News (England)
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