LETTER: A trip down memory lane in Wisbech...
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Having left Wisbech many years ago, I rely on keeping touch with the goings on in the town in the Standard and online edition.
I managed to spend a couple of days in Wisbech during August and was astonished at how much the town had changed since I had left.
Firstly, the Queen’s School for Boys where I attended was completely unrecognisable as the Thomas Clarkson Academy – what impressive buildings they now have.
Similarly, the Isle College has appeared to have grown enormously over the year.
The Market Place appeared to have lost a lot of its soul – where are the cobbles? And on the Saturday of my visit there were about 10 or 12 market stalls; I can remember when there were several rows of stalls and it was a really bustling place – did I hit it on a bad day or is that the norm?
Some things never change – St Peter’s Church remains a fabulous building. Wisbech Museum was superficially the same but on going in I was pleasantly surprised by the new gallery and meeting rooms and the fact it was still free – remarkable!
There were things that cast a bad light on the town – despite the lack of stalls the Market Place seemed to be having a free-for-all, clearly yellow lines are there to brighten up the tarmac.
- 1 Man alleged to have kidnapped child sparks heavy police presence
- 2 Chip shop’s new platter dish ‘The Great Gordon’ tribute to late founder
- 3 Paddleboarder dies after getting into difficulty on river
- 4 Fraudster rented out homes for cannabis factories worth over £300k
- 5 Man, 37, named as A14 death crash victim
- 6 Man suspected of touching child outside supermarket
- 7 Two vehicles in ditches after crash on A141 between March and Guyhirn
- 8 Wisbech based Alan Hudson centre receives third outstanding award
- 9 Man who glassed another man in the head after a fight jailed
- 10 Cops catch out suspected drug driver who faked identity
I suppose one of the major changes was the number of East European grocery shops. I visited a couple and was immediately struck by the variety of goods they managed to stock in fairly limited space and the staff were friendly and able to switch effortlessly between English and other languages as they served customers.
I would now like to turn my attention to another story – the demise of the Citizens Patrol.
When I read about this group it reminded me of one of the films in the Police Academy Franchise – ‘Citizens on Patrol’ – in this film an eclectic and disparate group of citizens self-appoint themselves to patrol the town to prevent crime, with the usual chaotic results of the films.
On reading the article about the Wisbech Citizens Patrol I was reminded of the words of Oscar Wilde, who said: “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life!”.