Sunday, 1 July 2007

Delivering leaflets in the rain

Back from holiday on Friday night in time for the official celebrations to open the Pedestrian Heart. Fairly constant drizzle made it a rather damp occasion, and unfortunately drove most of the stalls at the Community Carnival into the Arts Centre. This also meant no live music in Stanhope Park, which was a shame.
The Carnival procession did not seem as long or grand as in previous years. It's a real pity that the Health and Safety police have decreed that floats on the backs of lorries are not allowed. Professional carnival artists provided some colour and put on a good show in the town centre, while the kids from local community centres processed enthusiastically in their excellent home-made costumes, despite the rain.
Then, in the afternoon, over to our campaign HQ in Newton Aycliffe, where members are begining to gather to fight the by-election campaign. I squeezed in an hour's leafletting in the pouring rain - oh, the joy of being a Lib Dem activist. We may only have just over a couple of weeks to fight this campaign, but it's already off to a flying start.

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