A day to remember: Kentish Town Lib Dems really upset Labour
Got a unexpected call from Philip yesterday saying "We are setting up a table in Kentish Town tomorrow. What have you got we can use?" "What do you need?" was my response. "Table, chair, promotion stuff etc" was his reply. To cut a long story short Susanne has every type of campaign material you could think of - a collection over the years so apart from the literature and balloons I had everything needed. From Philip, "Can we borrow the big diamond in your window?" What choice did I have but to take it down. "I have three if that will help was my reply" Good I'll call round at 9.30 am from Philip.
Right on time Philip was on the doorstep. He took one look at the table and suggested we went on the tube (think he was a bit shy at carrying a table down the road). You must be joking it's only down the road, just follow me, I told him. Gave him the folded table and the diamonds, my famous bag on wheels was filled with his literature, table cloths, tape and with the chair hanging over the handle bar we were off. Marching down Lady Margaret Road to Kentish Town - we must have looked a sight but never mind it's all for the cause.
Don't have many photos of me (see above) - I'm usually the one behind the camera. This time all the men are puffing on the balloons. I'm sorting out the string and tying them up in bossy mode. Needed a woman's touch to arrange the display.
Keen as mustard are the Camden Lib Dems. There were already members waiting for us.
Good prime spot - we positioned the tabled outside the bank. The three diamonds were stuck on the window
(The bank is closed on Saturday).
With balloons tied round the table, on the council rubbish bin, the handle of my bag on wheels and those for the children hanging on string over the adjacent cafe demarcation pole the whole display looked very professional and colourful. On both sides of the road Lib dems stood mob-handed distributing leaflets.
Suddenly we noticed that Labour had set up a table a little up the road from us. Quite amazing - It was obvious that somebody had seen us and in a panic they had rushed out. Same type of table but covered with a tatty red cloth. What insults we got - must say I was a little taken back. One of their members, an elderly man kept insisting we were fly posting with our 'Vote Liberal Democrat/Winning Here' big diamonds. He kept repeating it over and over again like a broken record. The were really spoiling for a verbal spat. All I could do was to keep laughing - they couldn't get any response from me, though Robin managed a few digs back. What do you do in a situation like that? They were so annoyed to see us there. They seemed furious to see people actually coming to our table asking for leaflets.
Bit cold and dismal - the turnout of shoppers early in the day was a bit slow. Around noon the sun came out, the people were out in force and more and more children wanted our balloons - it was non-stop. Parents tied them to the baby buggies. It was impressive seeing them go up and down Kentish Town Road with our balloons. The actual response from people was quite amazing, so many wanted to talk. Others just stopped to wish us good luck on May 4.
We don't know what happened but as the rubbish bin kept filling up with the Labour Rose news sheet, the Labour party team suddenly packed up and left. I got a fit of the giggles seeing them sneak away like that.
Throughout the day Lib dems came and went so our presence was visible everywhere.
We were all beginning to feel tired but we were waiting for the event of the day everybody was determined to stick it out.
Faruque insisted that at 3.30 his people from the Bangladeshi community were coming to help deliver for us. I for one wanted to see how many turned up and to grab a few shots.
It was amazing one group arrived (see this photo and one above) then from further afield another lot arrived. We packed up the stall and all the literature was divided amongst the two groups and off they went.
I was taken home by car with all the load. Thank heavens for that. It's not that far to walk but I was on my last legs so appreciated the lift.
An exiting day - all good fun - certainly a day to remember. One thing is sure the Lib Dems have definitely made their mark in Kentish Town.