We left Brighton at 10:45am on a wonderfully sunny Thursday morning & arrived at The Tree at 12 noon. 75 minutes - not a bad time! :-) Below is a photo of the things we took with us, needed to tidy the site & to remove the graffiti from the steps, noticeboard & its frame, trees, and the road-facing crash barrier. More on that further down.
The First 'Job' as ever was to tidy up the dead leaves off the steps & also to tidy up the bottles, bags & other litter which had accumulated. 'Pete's' 'message' on The Tree itself had been joined by a message from 'Marc's Biggest Fan, Lorraine'. Lorraine we look forward to hearing from you & seeing you at the site to lend a hand for the next 'tidy up & cleaning' session! :-)
Then it was on to the next 'Job'. To remove the Graffiti left by 'Purple Pied Pete'. We had received feedback to the original web page about this who agreed with us that the use of thick marker pens are not a fan tribute, but are vandalism, pure and simple. Among the comments we've received are the following:-
Then, it was on to Cleaning, Scrubbing, Polishing & Changing the Chippings around the PRS Memorial.
After the old Flint Chippings had been shovelled out, new ones could be added. When we originally laid the surround for the PRS Memorial we used Flint Chppings. This time we chose a mixture of 'Grey/Black' Pebbles & 'Cambrian' Pebbles. As with all the things we need for the site which we don't bring with us we used the Adrian Hall Garden Centre which is directly opposite Marc's Last House along Upper Richmond Road West. We thought two bags would do it. But in the end a second trip to Adrian Hall's was needed for a third bag & also two small bags of lovely polished pebbles.
Because all the woodwork needed two coats of coloured wood protector were needed to cover the gaffiti, the front of the Memorial Surround was painted too, so that it matched the steps.
It was wonderful to be thanked by so many of the local people as they walked past on their way home from work, or on their way out for the evening. All saying how nice it was looking :-)
ABOVE: THE NOTICE BOARD FILLED WITH SO MANY MESSAGES!
It was lovely to find some writing by someone who visits the site often called 'Phill' so says he feels 'refreshed' after visiting it :-) I'll be adding scans of some of Phill's beautifully touching writing soon.
ABOVE LEFT: THE TREE After all the silk flowers had been cleaned (yes, they do get dirty, dusty and covered in cobwebs!) & new silk flowers added.
ABOVE RIGHT: THE WHOLE SITE.
ABOVE: THE PRS MEMORIAL
Finally, after eight & a half hours (we thought we'd be finished in six!) we'd finished! By then the sun was setting directly behind 'The Tree' and Marc's Bust so I took some photos which I hope you'll find interesting. I didn't use a flash and the Bronze always looks strange by flashlight. Instead I decided to use the sunlight & 'play' with the images.
It was lovely to be invited in for a cup of tea by one of the residents as we were packing up, but after a day's work in the high twenties we had long cold drinks in mind, so we went to 'Jim Thompsons' for something to eat - & that well earned drink! 'Jim Thompsons' , is the pub/restaurant where we held the Bronze Bust Unveiling Reception in 2002, so it's got good memories :-)
I always look at the corner table where Mickey sat and think of him there. He was so happy on that day. As Rolan couldn't stay long and Harry isn't one for making him the centre of attention Mickey was the 'Star of the Show' at the reception and he revelled in it :-) It was so nice to be able to give him that 'gift' so close to him dying. It makes me sad too, but my overriding memories are of him sitting at the corner table Smiling & Laughing :-)
PS Many, Many Thanks to my husband Kev, who as Chairman of TAG does so much work even though he isn't & never has been a Marc Bolan fan. As he said while painting the steps "It's lucky I love you!"
All photos © Fee Mercury Moon 2005
|The Current State of the Tree, plus Graffiti Removal. Well worth watching as this video shows the effect on the tree of tightly tied ribbons & what happens when they have been there for a few years as the tree grows & the trunk increases in circumference. The video shows quite clearly why TAG, whose primary concern is the safety & well-being of The Tree had no option by to remove some of the old ribbons.||VIDEO:|
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