I've just returned from a soggy but enjoyable holiday on the Yorkshire Coastal town of Scarborough and have noticed a massive difference in the effort to pretty up the towns along the costal area and Tunstall.
Apart from the massive effort in the market, and one or two shops who have gone to town, you really wouldn't have know anything big happened last week driving up and down the high street.
I'm not a big fan of the royals, I see a need, but felt little affinity with His Royal Highness Prince Charles when he read out his speech after the big showbiz performances and when he thanked everyone on his mothers behalf. I was saddened that Price Philip was missing and ill, but didn't connect any of them.
But what I do think is more traders in Tunstall should have made an effort and spruced the town up. It's not like it doesn't need a bit of TLC with 20 odd shops closed, many with rotting shop fronts.
Where's the towns manager and councillor when all of this was going on? Why haven't they budgeted for this?
If Tunstall Market can make the place look inviting and regal with their Jubilee day and build up week, why couldn't the main street through the town have made an effort?
Is it that the traders on the high street just can't afford the extra expense? Is it that they didn't think people would be caught up with the whole event? Is it because any monies the town used to have to spend have now been sucked away to be spent in places such as Hanley and Longton?
Burslem is getting millions pumped into it, and it's virtually a ghost town? Tunstall still attracts many many shoppers. Why not try and attract more with a bit of sparkle?
Why aren't the buildings that have been boarded up for a couple of years been forced to look that bit better?
Where's our Stoke-on-Trent City Council regeneration officer & Town Manager?
Time for the people of the area to start standing up for town and start asking questions and demanding answers