You wait ages for an MP and then three turn up at once. (Brian Binley, Michael "Potholes" Ellis and Minister McLoughlin) (Un)fortunately from my viewpoint the Boy Mackintosh (Borough Council Leader) ...
... was obscured by the minister. County Council leader and Mr Pastry lookalike Jim Harker was there too.
And off inside they all went to enjoy a coffee and a Danish at the new Starbucks. Of course not, the station's not finished even yet!
Work will now start on bringing Starbucks, WH Smith and Cafe Republic into the building.
And talking of fake station signs, it was good to read Councillor Mackintosh's tweet just after (so he tweeted) the Minster had done his stuff.
The twit posted the tweet at 0114!
That's over eight hours before the event.
The prestigious (?) event was originally scheduled for 0930 but brought forward to 0830, so by the time our correspondent had arrived the ceremonial unveiling had happened.
The plaque is screwed to an innocuous chunk of plywood, rather than the structure of the station. Had someone forgotten to get it ready; or was there nowhere strong enough to safely screw the slab?
Alan continues on the vexed subject of main entrances and step free access.
Having walked, egressed from bus, parked your clone Borisbike or (if you are John Wayne) tied your horse to one of those posts; and if you cannot face the
... proceed sort of northwards down the signpost-less descending ramp ...
And, of course there were similar statements about demolishing the old us station, including:-
This has been organised so there will be no road closures.
A Northampton town centre road will be closed for three days for the next phase of work to prepare to demolish Greyfriars bus station. Lady’s Lane will be closed to traffic at 7pm on Friday January 16 until 6am on Monday January 19.
The award is called "The Philistine" award - which seems a bit unkind to the Philistines, much vilified in the Bible but, nevertheless, a highly successful maritime race. David M; successful? Hmmm!
The Northampton Sekhemka statue is an Ancient Egyptian statue that was given by the Marquess of Northampton to Northampton Museum around 1870. It dates from 5th dynasty and shows Sekhemka the scribe with his wife, Sitmerit.
Of course you all knew that, didn't you?