Christmas gets underway in Twickenham with a Yo Ho Ho (or is it Ho Ho Ho, we’re never sure? One was the Green Giant, the other Father Christmas, is that it?).
The lights are on the tree and we suppose that means it’s time to start getting into a festive mood and/or start panicking. We were even joined by a Star Wars storm trooper to help the Christmas spirit along. George Lucas missed a trick there. Next up: Ebenezer Vader Snubs Death Star Christmas Party III.
Thanks to the Twickenham Town Business Association, Twickenham Alive and others for putting on a good event. And remember kids, check out our What’s On item for a summary of what’s on in and around the town over the next few weeks.
In the meantime, here’s a few more pics…
Two people, a man and his son, cross the bridge to Eel Pie Island as the autumn sun sets.
Autumn Sunset, Eel Pie Bridge
A cold, crisp morning by the river in Twickenham.
The next step in the long awaited regeneration of Twickenham riverside took place this weekend with the opening of the Jubilee gardens on the old pool site. On Saturday an invited audience of Twickenham worthies, Borough bigwigs, people who’d helped make it all happen and Princess Alexandra out of the Royal Family did the official business of opening the gardens, while on Sunday it was time for the rest Twickenham (i.e. the unwashed masses of the twickerati) to take a look. After three decades of neglect, it’s great to see the space being used once more. Plans are now being considered for the development of the buildings on the remainder of the site. This is likely to see some strong views getting aired but let’s hope the various parties can avoid arguing themselves to a standstill (again).
If you thought that Twickenham’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations were over, you can think again. The big one has yet to come! Well, if not the biggest or most timely, then it’s certainly the most Twickenham-centric. 32 years after Twickenham Baths closed its doors to the public (and yes, locals insist it was called Twickenham Baths and not Twickenham Swimming Pool or Lido) the transition of a large chunk of the site from wasteland to spanking new green space is almost, nearly, just about ready. You already know that the fate of the site has been source of debate, argument and large amounts of inaction for years. The redevelopment plans favoured by the previous Lib Dem El Brute administration were controversial and, it’s probably fair to say, played a part in Serge Lourie & Co getting the heave ho from York House in the May 2010 election.
The new Brutes, led by Lord True, the Blue Baron, made a commitment to do something with the site and although the current plan might not be the most innovative and exciting in terms of maximising the regeneration opportunities for the whole riverside, it’s a damn sight better than more years of bickering and inactivity. Credit is also due to Twickenham Riverside Terrace Group and others for helping to move it forward.
Friday 1st June and Twickenham Festival gets underway with a Tug of War competition in front of The Barmy Arms on Twickenham Embankment. Actually let’s get things straight, this is not just any Twickenham Festival, this is the 2012 Twickenham Riverside Jubilee Festival. A bit too long for you? Well if you like to tweet we’ll also going hashtag crazy and calling it #twickfest. We’ll be adding comments & photos over the fortnight. Why not add yours? Well?!
UPDATE: Our main (i.e. bigger) gallery of Twickfest pictures is now here.
This sign was ‘rescued’ from the derelict Twickenham Swimming Baths site in the mid-80s. Nice one. Good to see people thinking ahead. You can’t imagine the health and safety police letting anyone get away with script like that these days. Next stop? A gothic script “No running, no bombing, no petting” sign.
Twickenham Pool Sign
Thanks a lot to Nina for this photo. You might also want to read Kate Monro’s piece for twickerati on her Memories of Twickenham Baths.
So, do you have any other Twickenham memorabilia you’d like to share on here?
El Brute’s TWickenham Area Action Plan (aka TWAP, aaka TAAP) is doing the rounds of consultation at the moment. You might think that you’ve already done your bit for the cause by contributing to LBRuT’s All-in-One, its Barefoot Consultation and the Naked Thinkathon. Okay, so that last one was not an actual event but it could yet be. We’ll let you decide what that nightmare scenario might actually involve and which Councillors might chair it.
Twickenham Town Centre
Meanwhile, if you want to see the real proposals for the next steps in the regeneration of Twickenham then you’ve got just a couple of weeks left
to have any input. Try not to let consultation fatigue get the better of you. It’s your town too!
The new Twickenham Travelodge is open for business and now armed with a 24-hour-party-people booze licence. And it’s great to see that it’s a handy stopping point for cyclists who can make use of its state of the art bike park facilities. Perhaps Travelodge might want to use this “warm welcome” photo in their publicity shots? In return for a modest fee of course. Lookin’ gooood.
Travelodge offers a warm welcome to cyclists