It was the second demonstration in just a fortnight where the fascist group have taken to the streets in Medway to try to raise their nationwide profile.
But once again they were met by determined resistance by people from across Medway and Kent who made sure the fascists had a miserable afternoon in the rain.
The opening skirmish of the day took place in the High Street, where 60 or so hooded Britain First supporters had rallied at the railway station with their by-election candidate Jayda Fransen.
Around 150 had gathered to block their route into the town centre. Among them were Jacqueline Brewer and Maureen Cleator from Maidstone.
Jacqueline said: “I have worked for the NHS for 39 years. If it was not for people of different races working in the health service, then we wouldn’t have one
“Britain First are the thin end of the wedge. They started with Muslims, now they are saying if anyone disagrees with them then they must be anti-British.”
The antifascist presence was made up of a diverse mix of organisations and local people from different ages and ethnic backgrounds.
Sarah Rose, a convert to Islam eight years ago, was holding a banner for Coexist, encouraging all faith groups to work together.
She said: “I live locally in Chatham and I’ve experienced a lot of hatred. People shout racist comments, and call me a ‘bloody foreigner’ and say ‘go back to your own country’, but this is my own country.”
The standoff lasted for an hour as the fascists were unable to force their way through the police lines. Instead they played national anthems on a repetitive loop, and leader Paul Golding tore up a placard depicting Jayda Fransen as a Nazi.
After the police tried to break the antifascist line, they decided to divert BF. The antifascists walked back into Eastgate in the centre of Rochester, where they were greeted with big cheers.
Mr Mughal added: “It’s fantastic to see different members of the community out here to support us. It shows we can support each other.
“Britain First have tried to divide the community but you can see people are against them and want to stand together.”
In the town centre several hundred antifascists had gathered to block the route to the war memorial.
Chants against BF included: “Nazi scum, off our streets” and “Where’ve your leaflets gone” in reference to the decision by Royal Mail to refuse to deliver BF leaflets during the Rochester by-election because they incited racist hatred.
Behind a giant banner Molly Lane stood through the worst of the weather. She said: “Britain First say they speak for Rochester, but most of us on this side are from Rochester.
“It’s a great turnout and we’ve had more publicity about it than two weeks ago.”
By the end, the sorry crew of Britain First supporters looked like a shite gardening company in their uniform green hooded tops.
They have more insult to injury after losing their popular Facebook group with 550,000 ‘likes’ and then discovering the Queen has launched a copyright investigation because of their use of the crown logo.
It will undoubtedly go down as a humiliation for Britain First. They have been denied the chance to have a publicity stunt during the ongoing Rochester and Strood by-election, and in the process also denied a chance to present themselves as a respectable group in British politics.