'Dame, you have been invited to join a parade to inaugurate the White Elephant of Exhibition Rd', said the wicked old fellow. 'And what, pray Phelps, is so funny' snorted the Dame. 'Well, Dame guess what sort of animal is leading the procession? None other than a mechanical White Elephant and following it will be Pooter Cockell and Colin Barrow Boy from Westminster, together with tumblers and a Welsh brass band.
'Well, Phelps I can see nothing wrong with a white elephant: after all, the scheme is just that. And acrobats? Well, one needs to be one to safely cross 'Moylan'sFolly'. I suppose it has been organised by the Council's £200,000 a year 'Street Manifestions Officer' Miss Totty Brill", declared the Dame.
'And I am pleased that we are not missing the clowns: I see Cllrs Pooter Cockell, 'Boys' Moylan and Colin Barrow Boy are attending:and the buffoon, in the shape of the Mayor Johnson, said the Dame, flicking ash, with nonchalance, from her cocktail Balkan Sobranie. The only thing missing is the Mad Hatter.....maybe Cllr Palmer wlll be there...
The Dame noticed that 3 press officers, plus Fitzpatrick, from the Propaganda Unit will be standing by to ensure the mechanical White Elephant does not run away.
|Pooter & 'Boys' on top of White Elephant|
The Dame will be awarding prizes for the best photo of the White Elephant, acrobats, clowns and buffoons.
Media invitation: Boris Johnson opens transformed Exhibition Road After three years of construction work Exhibition Road is being opened officially this Wednesday, 1 February by the Mayor of London and members of Whizz Kids (a charity supporting children who use wheelchairs) together with the leaders of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the City of Westminster. Date and Time Wednesday 1 February 4pm to 5.30pm Interview opportunities (4.30pm outside Imperial College) · Boris Johnson, Mayor of London · Cllr Sir Merrick Cockell, Leader of Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea · Cllr Colin Barrow, Leader of Westminster City Council. Opening ceremony Parade down Exhibition Road consisting of: · the Mayor of London · the Mayors of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster · Leaders of Royal Borough and City of Westminster, together with Peter Hendy and Daniel Moylan from TfL · The band of the Welsh Guards · a mechanical White Elephant · acrobats Timetable 4pm – Members of the parade assemble at the junction of Exhibition Road and Cromwell Road (end with Natural History Museum and V&A) 4.15pm – Parade moves up Exhibition Road towards Imperial College 4.20pm – Parade arrives at Imperial College and is greeted by the Deputy Leaders of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and City of Westminster 4.25pm – Boris Johnson cuts ribbon 4.30pm – Media interviews 4.45pm – speeches begin in Imperial College Background information After three years of meticulous construction work Exhibition Road is being opened officially today (Wednesday 1 February) by the Mayor of London and the leaders of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the City of Westminster. The new-look road features a kerb-free single surface with no barriers or street clutter. Visual and tactile lines distinguish pedestrian areas from those used by vehicles. Cars are slowed by a 20mph speed limit. Cost Most of the project area is in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea; therefore the Council took the lead in developing the designs and contributed £14.6m towards the costs. TfL a further £13.4m and the City of Westminster put in £1m which meant that the whole of historic Exhibition Road, from Hyde Park to South Kensington Tube Station has been transformed. Press Officer contacts on the day Hugh Donohoe – 07814 247846 Jamie Chaloner – 07739 313451 Emma Strugnell Media and Communications Officer The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Tel: 020 7361 2192 Out of hours: 020 7361 2826 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit www.rbkc.gov