Wrong place for the fun fair

With the Olympic Torch arriving at various places local to us, we decided to go to the event in Bamburgh as our eldest son was playing the trumpet with the St Mary’s C of E Middle School who along with the steel band from Seahouses had been invited to entertain the crowds while awaiting the arrival of the Torch and after its departure.

Travelling by car to Bamburgh was no problem. We got parked with ease in a field behind the church which led us directly onto the village green.

The roads remained open throughout the event. The only place where there was any sign of barriers was a short piece of road connecting the two main roads at the top of the village green. There were plenty of people strolling around enjoying the music and the sight of scarecrows dressed up in the theme of athletes from the Games, done I understand by local schoolchildren.

The atmosphere was one of jovial light-heartedness, which continued even with the presence of a large number of the boys in blue.

The whole experience left me with a real feeling of community spirit. I was saddened that my mother had decided not to come – having seen the way Alnwick had readied itself for the event had put her off, thinking wrongly as it turned out that Bamburgh would be the same.

Alnwick, where the streets had been cordoned off days beforehand, making it impossible for even elderly and disabled alike from getting near the banks or local shops. I understand even residents of the town had problems getting in and out.

Why did Alnwick see fit to have the fun fair in the heart of the town? Why wasn’t the funfair put in the Pastures or indeed next to The Alnwick Garden, where there is more space, plus parking? That way, it wouldn’t have interrupted the town’s day-to-day business.

I do wonder how many have cursed these Olympics, not least the puzzling business over the fact that no one is supposed to decorate windows or flags or even a cake with the Olympic rings! Why in heaven’s name not? Surely, we are supposed to be getting into the spirit of the Games and what better way than decorating our houses, shops and towns in the Olympic rings? These five rings represent the five parts of the world. The Olympic symbols are icons so why then are we not allowed to use them? I could understand banning the use if someone other than the official sponsors tried to use them to make money – but as a decoration in honour of an occasion, I don’t understand the logic.

Carole Rae

East Lilburn, Wooler