Thursday, June 29, 2017
BRIGG TAKE ON SHAKEPEARE'S BALCONY SCENE
There will be no stage in Brigg Market Place for the 2017 Christmas lights switch on ceremony this December.
Instead, the civic party and guests will be up on the balcony of the historic Angel building, with the crowd beneath.
This change to long-standing practice will save money on erecting and taking down the temporary stage.
The Town Council agreed to try the festive change during its June meeting held on Monday evening.
Former Town Mayor Coun Ann Eardley was the only councillor to voice a little concern but it was pointed out that removing the large stage would free up a good deal of extra space in the Market Place for spectators.
Professional panto performers attend the switch on to entertain the crowd.
Could it be that one of them this year might be called Juliet and that among the 1,000-plus spectators below there could be a Romeo?
Brigg once had a well-known resident and charity fundraiser called William Shakespeare.
And our market and fair had been operating for some centuries before the playwright from Stratford penned his now world famous plays.
The switch from stage to balcony is an interesting one.
We must await public opinion in December.
It will be a case of As You Like It.