A Story of a Fold in Time

Every now and then in the place where you are, if you’re paying close attention, you’ll notice there’s been a fold in time. Where the place is still as much itself as it always was, but more so. Like its colour balance has been adjusted, and in the adjusting a different time has leaked through. This happened today in Ed’s Place when, for a couple of hours, it became the department store George Henry Lee again and we all had Afternoon Tea together.

All week and for the past couple of weeks Ed’s Place has resounded to the sounds and debates of design and the future. Talk of what we the people might and could do to create talking spaces and breathing spaces, in a greener and pleasanter city centre neighbourhood for ourselves and our children’s futures as far as we can imagine them. It’s been great and will be for another week or so.

But this afternoon the future had a couple of hours off and through the fold in time I told you about, some special guests arrived. The staff of George Henry Lee’s.

Not all of them mind, or there’d not have been the space. But enough at either end of the long tea table to ensure that much of the talk with the rest of us on one special afternoon was of school shoes, home furnishings, haberdashery and hats.

I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else. Sat there with a serious part of the history of Liverpool all around me.

The table was splendid, the tea a delight and the china exquisite. The sandwiches never ran out, the cake stands were always full and the conversations sparkled.

And when it was over and the music faded they went for a look at the shop, the people of George Henry Lee’s. Smiling wistfully at the art pieces of the Independent Biennial. Seeing Towels, Bedding and maybe even the Light Electricals of their memories.

As the fold in time folded back to now and the place became Ed’s Place again, the cake bakers and sandwich makers from ‘Happy Go Cooking’ packed up what was left in take away boxes. And time turned its face to the future.

But there had been a fold in time, really there had. On the day we had afternoon tea at George Henry Lee.

From tomorrow, Sunday, and for another week Ed’s Place will resume talking, activities and even a run about the future. Details here.

And do get in touch with Sky at Happy Go Cooking if you want a special event catering for you. They are very good indeed.

Meanwhile on the same afternoon, in a shop not too far away called John Lewis, some similar memories were clearly stirring.

The End

Published by Ronnie

Writing about life, Liverpool and anything else that interests me. As well as working with others to make the world a fairer and kinder place: http://asenseofplace.com.

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