A Stanley Ward snapshot....
It was all good natured bonhomie at the beginning of the day.
Friendly banter as Paul Warrick and Mr Pastille joked that they needed to do more to 'relate' to residents; though not to the extent of holding surgeries.
This they said was not the Conservative way of doing things...
Then something happened......the skies darkened and so did the atmosphere....
It became increasingly hostile with dark looks being exchanged with the friendly Independent candidates and accusations flying around.
One lady teller said, " you are electioneering because nearby residents are saying hello as they go past to vote and we are ignored".
And glowering looks from the incumbent councillors clearly fearing that they might be out on their ears.
Ian Henderson, Independent candidate, tried to explain that he was a long time resident of Sutton Buildings and as chairman of CATS it was inevitable that he would be better known than the phantom like ward councillors.
Well, he didn't really say that. Ian is far too polite to mix it.
Anyway, The Dame, from the comfort of her limousine, noticed 'Colonel' Cockell marshalling his troops, but sadly they were few and far between.
It wasn't so long ago that the area would have been flooded by eager Conservatives rushing around the place.
This time there was just one charming old chap ticking off the names as they came into vote.
It's going to be a close run thing.....