A rally will be held next month as campaigners vent their anger against the closure of Wellingborough Prison.
It has been announced that the prison will close by the end of the year but support to try to keep it open is gathering pace.
A petition has been launched by Lynne Holcombe, a prison officer’s wife, who is opposed to the closure of the jail.
She hopes the e-petition, which she has launched on the Downing Street website, and the one she has doing the rounds in Wellingborough will convince the Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke to do a U-turn.
Mrs Holcombe said: “I think it is going really well and the majority of people are backing the campaign.
“Last Saturday, the leader of Wellingborough Council, Councillor Paul Bell helped out by being in the town centre to collect signatures.
“I would say at the moment we have got about 1,000 signatures on the petition and about 230 on the e-petition.” The rally will be held on Saturday, September 1 in Wellingborough town centre.
Wellingborough and Rushden MP Peter Bone will be speaking as well as Cllr Bell and members of the Trades Union Congress.