Festival Of Britain Turns 60
I’ve been researching the subject, and this weekend there’s a four-day party on the site of the original Festival Of Britain to celebrate the 60th anniversary, but sadly there’s no Skylon. But I went down there this afternoon (where it was 26 degrees, hotter than Ibiza) and found beach huts, bunting, a beach and other things that had very little to do with the Festival of Britain.
Charming as it was, it shared one characteristic with its original – it was austerity-driven, a bit small, tatty and end-of-the-pier, incredibly littered and messy. The South Bank British events are often a bit like this, high on promise – except for the excellent Brazilian events. However, the peculiarity of having August in April was enough to make it a novelty.
And there was one very nice item on sale – a 60th anniversary Festival of Britain T-shirt featuring the original logo, which I’ve always liked.
Further along the river, I like this little plinth that allows you to look at St Paul’s from a nicer angle…