Valentines on Church StreetValentine’s Day. What do you think of when you hear those two words? Love? Secret admirers? A romantic evening for two? Or three?? Or perhaps it brings to mind standing in a shop, staring blankly at the rows of greetings cards with a mixture of frustration and irritation at the sense of obligation forced upon you by persons unknown and wondering if the people shuffling around next to you are thinking exactly the same thing. And trying to catch a sly glance at them to help you speculate about what they might be thinking and wondering whether they’re thinking you’re a good soul for getting into the spirit of it all, or whether they know what you’re really thinking. Of course, if truth be told, they’re firmly stuck in their own world – they haven’t noticed you at all. So, you buy your card and you hurry out with that telltale red envelope peeking out from the top of the paper bag.

But there’s more to it than that. Church Street will be getting into the Valentine’s mood with a series of goings on this Friday. There’s a children’s treasure hunt from 4.00pm with goody bags hidden in some of the shops, and there are discounts and offers at the likes of Mint Spa, Complement, Sweetie Pies Boutique Bakery, Pincho, Kiss n Make Up and Crusader Travel. The Twickenham Town Business Association website has the full details.

And if it all gets too much for you, Friday is the day that The Eel Pie pub re-opens, so you can check out their extended new look from 6.00pm.

* TTBA – Valentine’s Goings On