Saturday, 6 October 2007
We have just found out that Tesco wants to build a new superstore in Poynton. The residents are furious because we don't actually need or want another supermarket. We have four already, and who needs another supermarket when we have NETTO!!! (This week I saw the most amazing thing in Netto - a violin! Yes, an actual violin in a case for £29.99. Hurry while stocks last). There are all sorts of other considerations as well, like traffic generation, slave labour, etc. but it's our little shops that will come under the hammer.
We have Cheeky Norman the greengrocer, Berky the deli, Dave the cobler, Glenis the health foodshop, Moina the bookshop, a couple of little sweet shops, a freezer shop, two flower shops, Steve the baker, a couple of chemists and Nick the video.
My friend Meg phoned me up and told me about a meeting this morning outside the Civic Hall. I phoned June and Peter (of chicken fame) and a DEMONSTRATION was born! I haven't been to a good demonstration for years!
Well, first thing we went to Parklands Home for the Elderly and hyjacked a few old ladies and wheeled them over. The lady on the right is Madge, one of my Mum's old mates. I got into trouble once for buying Madge fags which she then smoked in her bedroom. Oh dear. Bit of a fire risk, our Madge.
I rather think that the old ladies had been told they were going out for the day. One of them said she wasn't sure what she was doing there. "I come from Edinburgh" she said. "My son is a conservative councillor". We wheeled her back.
June was on telly!
This is June and this is
Peter taking a photo of June on telly. Here are some other demonstrators:
All ages came to demonstrate.
This is our nice policeman and crowd controller.
I asked him what I would have to do to be arrested. He suggested I dragged the Tesco representative out from his hiding place in the Civic Hall, threw him to the ground and jumped on him. That would be an affray, he told me wisely.
The Tesco rep. He left unscathed, incidentally. Doesn't he look like Piers Morgan? I felt quite sorry for him when the normally gentle and mild June gave him a right tongue lashing.
I should have brought Badger along. This is Jess, a very friendly greyhound and I think she could have done with some company. She had an incredible howl, and if she was left alone for more than two seconds, she started up the baying.
One old gentleman started arguing the toss with some council members who were lurking shiftily near the doors of the Civic Hall ready to scarper if any trouble broke out. He got carried away by the occasion and when he called the council members "Tory bastards" the policeman escorted him away. Afterall, there were children present.
Peter ... and ...
At noon Mr Tesco man sneaked away looking embarrased. We decided enough was enough. We had loads of signatures, we have a council meeting to crash on Monday night and Mr Winterton, our MP will be inundated with emails. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Our honourable friend. What a jovial fellow!
Right, it's off to Berky's for coffee and cakes. He was rushed off his feet with demonstrators. "Pleeeze, you 'ave demonstrations every days?'