Thursday, 23 July 2009

Green Party Stall at the Lambeth County Show: a stallholders view

Hurray! It didn't rain. Always a bonus at outdoor events. Though it was very windy and our table and its contents were blown over, causing us to scurry round frantically scrabbling for leaflets, desperate not to make the Green Party the biggest litterers at the show.

First up it was lovely to meet so many people and chat about the Green Party, green issues and stuff.

Highlights? Sunday afternoon when Jean Lambert - re-elected Green Party MEP for London (another hurray) - joined us so that people who voted Green (and thanks to everyone who did) could meet her.

Prompted by Jean making a wise observation that "Going to some Green Party stalls is taking a real trip down memory lane....that was a great leaflet in 1997 - but do we need it now?" (and to make sure it wasn't us she was talking about!) we had a big clearout. Our info is now hideously up to date.

And just for fun the show organisers decided to pitch us right opposite the Conservative Party stall. (Is Green the new Blue?). And jolly entertaining the Conservatives were too.

Eagerly and at every opportunity there they were, tying Tory party blue balloons (with logo) onto any buggy or pushchair that would have one. This was done, I presume, in an effort to turn unsuspecting pre-school infants trundling past on four wheels into a sort of mini-marketing machine for the Tories...

That's one way to secure the young vote.

And Labour? Oh dear. Nobody was at their stall (well not as I nipped past to the loos anyway).

So all in all it was a great event. And did I mention, it didn't rain!


Tim Summers said...

I was at the Lambeth Country Show for most of the Sunday and would not miss it! The Borough of Lambeth is not generally known for high achievement, but the Country Show is one thing they always get right - congratulations all round!

Becca Thackray said...

Jean Lambert came to help with stall all the way from Walthamstow despite Victoria Line being down. She was unfazed by the circuitous route of bus, rail & tube. It was probably simpler getting to Brussels.

How many other MEPs & Councillors supported their parties on stalls at the Country Show?

Rachel Braverman said...

We also handed out loads of leaflets, took pages of details of people interested in their local Green Party and raised £177. And at least 20 Lambeth Green Party members/friends turned out to help. Impressive all round.