Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Cannon to the left of them...
The Royal Park in Laverstone has the honour of holding one of the few remaining cannons from the battle of Trafalgar. It’s rusted now and the barrel was stoppered with concrete some time in the 1960s after it became a repository for the ring pulls from cans of Coca-cola and Tab.
It gets a brush down and a lick of black paint before the May Day parade and a second one just prior to Remembrance Day – fitting that a weapon of war has become part of the war memorial.
Harold was fined £450 plus costs when he ‘borrowed’ it for Felicia’s exhibition of Gillian’s paintings ‘The Art of War.’ He was also asked how he managed to remove the six hundred pound cannon from the memorial (to which it was welded) and transport it the ¾ mile to the gallery without aid of a crane. He declined to answer.