Pre-Christmas lights noise in Stoke
The prelude to the Christmas lights switch on at 5pm organised by Stoke on Trent City Council went down like a lead balloon in Stoke today.
Ear shattering music blaring out of South Wolfe Street at best bemused and at worst angered some shoppers in Stoke, on this the traditional start of the December 1st festive countdown.
The attempt to muster some jollification on a cold Saturday afternoon with a few fairground type rides in a depressed town like Stoke was more like flogging a dead reindeer.
Some people voiced their disgust at the musical shenanigans which induced a vibration to the chest.
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One elderly man who was stood at the bus stop in Church Street waiting for a bus to Penkhull said:
"A nuclear bomb wants dropping on this bloody country. I served in the wars."
He then rolled his trouser leg up to reveal scarring.
"They want this noise do they; they want to go to war.
Sometimes I am waiting 45 minutes for my bus to Penkhull at 88 years of age."
Those passing by were nodding their heads in agreement to the man's sentiments.
I then boarded the same bus as the elderly gentleman and as it pulled out of Stoke, the so-called Christmas scene reminded more of a warped and cheap Dickensian wakes.
The ear-splitting thunderous music (more analogous to noise pollution) continued to roar.
It appeared that many shoppers were vacating the town earlier than usual.