Greenwich’s royal borough roadshow hits Eltham with a bang

Of course, not everyone is eye-rolling like me about Greenwich borough’s new royal status. I had to (sssh….) step just outside the borough to find out, and briefly enter a distant borough apparently called “Bexley”. As icy winds blew through Sidcup, a man crossed Halfway Street, at the point where the tarmac changes, and paused in front of a sign. Gone was a welcome to “the millennium borough”. In its place was something new.

In the council’s swish new Eltham Centre, a small crowd had gathered.

What were they staring at? The day old royal charter which declares this a royal borough…

…which came complete with a huge royal seal.

Down at Well Hall Pleasaunce, there was a bit of a party going on.

There were some words from local MP Clive Efford…

There’s an MC’s job for him if the politics goes belly-up, you know. And then there were some fireworks. The sound’s a bit rubbish for the first minute, but bear with it, it’s impressive stuff.

Of course, the council still held its own private party inside the Tudor Barn while the great unwashed shivered outside, but at least we had some fireworks and some music and some spiced apple juice to warm us up. Luck was on their side, too, as it finished just before the snow came falling down. Sunday afternoon is due to – weather permitting – see a procession and more of the same in Greenwich town centre.

If it goes ahead and he shows, say hello to Henry for me.

(12:45PM UPDATE: It’s still going ahead, despite the snow which has blanketed south-east London.)


  1. Not all the to let signs are for shops that are actually to let. The staff in Evans said that they are signing a new lease but the for let sign had to be put up first. They are not closing down, despite rumours to the contrary.

  2. When I was parking in the Eltham Centre today I noticed the traffic warden had a nice new “Royal Greenwich” fleece on. Shame we couldn’t get served in the centre as the staff had gone to lunch & there was a 45 minute wait!

  3. New signage hardly news! No mention of any of the travel problems on Southeastern for the past three days? Surely how Southeastern have coped so badly is very indicative of problems to come during the games!

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