What’s that in your window?

This year’s Bath Festival – a celebration of music and literature featuring more than 120 events over ten days – gets underway on Friday, May 17th with Party in the City.

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It’s a popular opener when Bath comes alive for a night of free music and entertainment featuring hundreds of performances at all sorts of venues across the city.

Seems somewhere, in amongst all the activities, is a ‘Best-Dressed Retail Window’  for local traders to compete in.


I wandered into my favourite watering hole in Northumberland Place this morning to find barista Niall Percy out from behind his counter and busy applying his artistic touch on a window display that celebrates both Bath’s architecture and it’s love of all kinds of music.


I wish Rosario’s well with the entry but just hope it doesn’t all go to Niall’s head because he’s ace at delivering a tasty brew from that cafe’s espresso machine and we don’t want to loose him.


Meanwhile, following yesterday’s picture of the fountain in Laura Place full of foam again, l see it has been turned off today.


Is this a temporary thing while the pump is cleaned, or a more permanent solution to continual abuse.


One Bath Newseum follower has already said she would contribute to the cost of getting CCTV installed in the area to stop this happening. B&NES will rightly argue that they cannot keep repairing it.


My other constant plea is for action to toughen up on the practice of leaving business waste out for collection. We domestic ratepayers have to place bags in gull proof containers – or it won’t get collected – but its seems that is not imposed on traders in central Bath.


This was the scene in West Gate Street this morning.


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  1. I welcome the return of the ‘best dressed window’ competition at the Bath Festival. It was running till at least 2000 (Bath Compact Discs had a fine display of paper choir and orchestra performing Mahler’s 8th), but when the Festival started concentrating only on music, it stopped. Some Festivals since then have been almost invisible – one year there was just a few slender banners hanging outside the Guildhall.

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