Bandstand users are de­fy­ing Sir Lit­ter­not

Our colum­nist with his unique view of Ash­ford life

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Ready For Christmas -

Iam de­lighted to re­late that the tin roof we (that’s you and I) bought for the bandstand has at last proved to serve a use­ful pur­pose, though in re­al­ity it may not be ex­actly the pur­pose en­vis­aged by our sa­ga­cious and farsee­ing coun­cil­lors. Ash­ford’s in­di­gents and con­nois­seurs of cheap cider will be most grate­ful for the roof we have pro­vided to give them shel­ter in in­clement weather. We’ll surely all agree that it’s won­der­ful to see that some­thing, at last, is be­ing pro­vided for the least for­tu­nate mem­bers of the Ash­ford cit­i­zenry. Sadly, house­keep­ing seems not to be on their agenda and, not be­ing staunch sup­port­ers of Sir Lit­ter­not, they tend to leave the place in a less than pris­tine state. I no­ticed one Satur­day a pair of mu­si­cians per­form­ing on the bandstand. I took them to be en­ter­pris­ing buskers. They were a vast im­prove­ment on some of the mu­si­cal plod­ders who do noth­ing to en­liven our High Street dur­ing the week, be­ing lit­tle more than gui­tarstrum­ming beg­gars. Hav­ing said that, one or two of the less fre­quent buskers ac­tu­ally do a fine job and gen­uinely earn what­ever money they make. The Satur­day mu­sic is ap­par­ently ar­ranged by the Rev­e­la­tion St Mary’s peo­ple and funded by the coun­cil. Strangely, these two or­gan­i­sa­tions ap­pear to do their best to make the Satur­day per­for­mances to­tal non-events, as far as I can as­cer­tain, with lit­tle pre-pub­lic­ity, not even a ban­ner or poster fixed to the bandstand ex­plain­ing what’s go­ing on. This kind of pro­mo­tion should, surely, be the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the or­gan­is­ers or the Town Team. Per­haps the ef­fort of putting on the an­nual Cre­ate Fes­ti­val de­pletes their en­er­gies for the rest of the year? In ev­ery other town (in my ex­pe­ri­ence) where there is a bandstand, per­ma­nent or tem­po­rary seat­ing is pro­vided for those who wish to en­joy the per­for­mance. When this is not done, it be­comes clear that the or­gan­is­ers have lit­tle or no care, ei­ther for the per­form­ers or the peo­ple they say they want to at­tract to the town cen­tre. This re­ally is not good enough, par­tic­u­larly when the pro­vi­sion of seat­ing should not be be­yond the re­mit or the ca­pa­bil­ity of the T Cat team who, af­ter an ini­tial bub­ble of pub­lic­ity, seem to do lit­tle be­yond mak­ing a few boxes and planters.

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