BLACK Lives Matter protesters are being serenaded at a war memorial where tempers almost boiled over during a previous march.

The marchers, who are reported to number more than 1,000, have been greeted with a string band at the Old Steine War Memorial in Brighton as they marched past this afternoon.

This is in stark contrast to a previous protest in June when tempers flared at the where there was a group who claimed they were protecting the memorial to fallen soldiers.

Video from the scene today shows the harmonic string band serenading the protesters as they march past the Royal Pavilion in the city centre.

Lizzy Carey, 44, of Epic Jam Band helped organise the music.

The Argus:

She said: “We were just on a local chat and I put a call out for string players.

“We are here as a tribute to Elijah McClain, he was a fiddle player."

Elijah McClain, 23, died in August last year after being stopped by police.

Looking around at the group, Ms Carey said: “Some of us are teachers and some are pupils.

“It’s massively important for me to take part in this movement as a teacher because it (black history) is never really taught in the current curriculum.

“So I have tried to teach my kids about the importance of black history and culture.”

There has also been a welfare tent set up by Extinction Rebellion (XR) which is providing first aid, water and sun cream for protesters if they need it.

The Argus:

A banner stretching out across the road reads: "Extinction Rebellion Supports Black Lives Matter."

Those taking part in today’s protest met at noon at Brighton Palace Pier.

This comes almost a month after more than 10,000 people filled the city's streets to show their support for the global movement.

There were a flurry of marches and peaceful protests in Brighton and Hove, and across the world, early last month following the death of George Floyd.