Wednesday, 17 November 2010
I caught this candid shot of the security men at the entrance to Salts Mill, Saltaire, just having a coffee (smoking?) break. I assume they patrol the Mill complex but they also act as an unofficial information point for tourists trying to find their way around. Possibly their most important job (which they do every few minutes at the end of each working day) is to open the security gate for people leaving the Mill car park and trying to avoid some of the almost permanent traffic jam on the main road. (Using the 'proper' car park exit means you have to join the queue some half a mile further back!)
According to the press reports about the accident on the railway line on Monday, the Salts Mill security men were heroes, running along the tracks to stop the trains. So this is my tribute to them - they clearly did a great job.
The old fashioned blue 'Police' sign is not an affectation. The little office here is used as a police contact point for the Saltaire community and is staffed on Wednesdays from 10 am to 1 pm for people to 'drop in' and share with the neighbourhood police team any concerns they have. I think that's a good idea and a valuable local service.