My indignation was high when I found my usual path through Latimer Square fenced off yesterday morning. The north end of the square was populated with tents, containers, mysterious structures, and three empty telephone boxes.
The scene was similar in the afternoon, except there were more people working there. They were all too far inside the fence for me to be able to ask them what’s going on.
It appeared to be the preparation for some event.
A colleague suggested they might be getting ready for the Democracy Rally planned to start here on Saturday afternoon, but I thought that unlikely.
It must cost thousands to have all this stuff brought to the square. Why can’t they spend a tiny amount more to have a sign that says: “Latimer Square will be closed until “X”, for “X”? It just adds to our sense of powerlessness when authorities close off areas without explaining why.
Later that evening I found the reason – the Telecom Xmas tree is to be erected in Latimer Square, and the phone boxes will have lines for people to call Santa. I wonder why they’ve moved this from Hagley Park. Do you know?
With Carols by Candlelight planned for the square on Xmas Eve I wonder how they will manage the traffic and thousands of people.
“There’ll be a giant Christmas tree
with fun for all the family.”