Saturday, 17 September 2011
The Curse of the White Van Man
Saltaire Festival is here again - and although I think many of Saltaire's residents, me included, genuinely enjoy the buzz around the village, there is another side to the coin. Over the final weekend, several of the main streets are closed to traffic. One street is given over entirely to a three-day Continental Market, where you can buy all manner of food and gifts, from Greek olives to French crêpes to genuine Spanish paella. All rather pricey, but good quality and very vibrant and colourful. The downside is that all those traders' vans have to be parked somewhere and they end up in the streets around my home. This is a bus route too, though I wonder if the bus would be able to squeeze through! I'm glad I had to deliver my mum's car back to her a couple of weekends ago - glad because she is fit to drive again and glad because I don't now have to worry about it getting damaged in the congestion.