10th April 2010
Parliament Square, London SW1P 3JX
The Tweed Run
You could be forgiven for assuming this is the latest example of the country attempting to turn back the clock to when everyone knew their place in society – especially Johnny Foreigner – and chocolate bars were the correct size [and tasted of chocolate].
This, however, is the Tweed Run – a genteel outing for those who enjoy a pedal driven perambulation whilst dressed in the finest the Outer Hebredies can offer, which has been a fixture in the calendar a good few years before all this current kerfuffle came about, and is now held in dozens of places all over the globe (for some of which Tweed may not be the most appropriate attire, one would imagine).
Anyway, we’ve already come across the Tweedies a couple of times in this project. This year they’re gathering in Pimlico, at Chelsea College of Arts, adjacent to Tate Modern – site of the notorious Millbank Prison, the brainchild of highly regarded social reformer Jeremy Bentham [which didn’t stop him having a servant hanged for stealing a spoon, but I digress…]
After the obligatory group photo on the steps of the gallery our intrepid cyclists set off along the riverside towards Westminster, where we take our leave.
Not long after we find the 500 heading south across Waterloo Bridge, still mostly managing to keep together, though the Penny Farthings may be struggling to keep up at this point. Still, at least they have Dr Butler’s Hatstand Medicine Band singing their praises.