Of Chelsea tanks and tiny Chelsea streets
Now, some of us who live in Chelsea are more observers than participants in the annual social season of sporting events – of which Royal Ascot is a part. With that in mind, here is a vignette of last year’s Royal Ascot Chelsea morning seen from my window.
Woke up, it was a Chelsea morning and the first thing that I saw…
…was a pair of well dressed ladies in red and pink silk and chiffon day dresses worn with stilletto heels and architecturally impossible hats. Helped by a gent in full formal morning suit, tails and dove grey vest, they were moving folding chairs, a portable lawn marquee and a box with his top hat from a blue Maserati Ghibli to a Porsche Cayenne hatchback.
After a lot of noisy discussion over what will fit and where to stow it, they disappeared around a corner.
Next comes a supermarket delivery van, double parking as normal to drop off someone’s groceries. Behind it, a Kensington & Chelsea Enforcement vehicle – aka a big, flatbed tow truck – rolls up with an optimistic driver who thinks he can pass the double parked delivery van with its big, sticky-out wing mirror.
Somehow this was not going to end well.
That’s when the well dressed party of three, bearing square, blue chiller bags from a fancy local deli came back round the corning, heading for the Porsche Cayenne. They were just in time to see the Porsch, the Maserati Ghibli and the sticky-out wing mirror of the delivery van all taken out by the K&C tow truck. So much for their Closing Day at Royal Ascot outing. Oh well, might as well breakout the champagne now.
Just another Chelsea morning, folks.