Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Lenton society enjoy a barbecue

The Dunkirk and Lenton Partnership Forum's Summer Barbecue this year took place last night (Tuesday) in the back yard of The Lenton Centre and when we arrived there was along queue snaking across the yard. All good barbecues have a queue and this one was no exception. As people waited they laughed and joked…

…until confronted by Alex from the Forum with a bun and burger in hand and heads went down in search of a favourite relish or just good old fashioned tomato sauce.

In fact, of all the pictures I took it this one which I am most pleased about. Here, in one place, are the Forum's four members of staff: Lynda, Fiona, Alex and Steph, with the added bonus of Corinne, the Forum's Treasurer, who seemed to spend the entire time over hot coals cooking burgers. Steph dashed off at one point to restock on burgers and buns as supplies began to run out, whilst Lynda and Fiona seemed to be forever bagging rubbish, while Alex served the hungry faces of local folk like me.

Then I spied the heavies. In truth you couldn't meet three nicer guys: Shafiq, Parbinder and Zahoor. I know them all pretty well and enjoy their company. I rely on them all for different things and value their friendship and support.

It was also nice to see some faces from Dunkirk enjoying themselves at the barbecue. There are others who I couldn't quite get in this picture, but I soon found myself talking about Dunkirk and Old Lenton issues which concern me as much as they concern them. The possibility of a high-rise tower on the site of Dunkirk Fire Station for up to 750 students is causing considerable concern and they fear, I suspect rightly, that even though there hasn't been a planning application yet, it's a 'done deal' (see my blog dated xx xxxx). Then there's the plan for a 'bio-science park' in the Leengate, Abbey Street, River Leen triangle, which the developers want to push through without proper scrutiny. At the moment all the pressure is on the Dunkirk end of our ward and they need all the support they can get. I just hope that at the barbecue they were able to enjoy themselves .
So, well done to the Forum ladies for organising a great barbecue. Everyone seemed to have a great time and if we were anything to go by, the conversations continued with friends long after.

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