Much excitement in these parts yesterday when Prince Edward came to town to officially open the new, improved Priory Park. During his walkabout he even had a short chat with Charlie, which went something along the lines of this:
Prince Edward (watching some bikers and skateboarders in the skate park): “Do you ride your bike like that?”Charlie: “Well, I ride my bike but I definitely don’t ride it that dangerously!” Prince Edward laughs. We can’t quite spot Charlie anywhere in the video, but he’s there somewhere. As for the new park, it’s fantastic. A great new playground, lovely flowerbeds and walkways, but the highlight is the new cafe designed by the renowned French architect Dominique Perrault. So the man who designed the amazing BibliothÃ¨que Nationale de France in Paris, among other grand projects, also did our local cafe. And Jonathan Glancey, The Guardian’s architecture critic and old friend from our Independent days, approves.