Sum­mer fash­ions that leave a lot to be de­sired

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

Sum­mer’s nearly upon us as we can tell by the skinny white legs emerg­ing from ab­surdly pat­terned shorts and the oc­ca­sional pale, pim­ply, pi­geon chest parad­ing down the High Street.

And that’s just the men, many of whom are clearly old enough to know bet­ter than to pa­rade them­selves in such a silly man­ner.

And speaking of such things, I see that tragic, fash­ion-vic­tim fe­males have again fallen for the silly-look­ing trousers and leg­gings with gaps for the knees to poke through.

I spoke to a grand­mother a few days ago who told me that her grand­daugh­ter had paid £80 for such a gar­ment.

Whether this was true, or whether the young girl had ex­ag­ger­ated the price in or­der to shock the old lady who knows.

Re­gard­less, the sales lady to whom I spoke in one of County Square’s fash­ion em­po­ria con­fessed – and I thought a lit­tle shame­facedly – that such gar­ments did, in­deed, com­mand an ab­surdly in­flated price.

She also men­tioned that some women, desperate to ap­pear of sim­i­lar age to their daugh­ters, have adopted the same fash­ion. Ladies, it doesn’t work. I was in­ter­ested to learn that the Park Mall Arti-Gras, apart from be­ing a great suc­cess in its own right, had had a markedly pos­i­tive ef­fect on trade in the mall mak­ing it clear that, when peo­ple are hav­ing a good time, they’re more likely to spend money.

The event was or­gan­ised by Betsy Aidinyantz and her small pla­toon of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers, who seem de­ter­mined that we should all get hap­pily cre­ative – whether we want to or not.

We have be­come ac­cus­tomed to buskers pour­ing mu­sic on to our streets but, last Satur­day, we were treated to a proper street en­ter­tainer. Masked, dressed as a chim­ney sweep and, ac­cord­ing to his bucket, coin-op­er­ated, the fel­low ca­vorted, blew soap bub­bles and danced to cheery taped mu­sic, while brush­ing the street, nearby shop win­dows and the oc­ca­sional member of the 20 or so grin­ning on­look­ers with one of his brooms.

It will be good to see life re­turn­ing to the empty Mer­chant Chan­dlers build­ing. Some years of ne­glect have left bits of the ex­te­rior in a pretty sorry state; rot­ting win­dow frames and such­like.

I have been given to be­lieve that the coun­cil has the right to com­pel prop­erty own­ers to keep build­ings in a de­cent state of re­pair. Judg­ing by the state of the doomed Prince Al­bert, I guess I was mis­in­formed.

‘It will be good to see life re­turn­ing to the empty Mer­chant Chan­dlers build­ing. ’

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