Our Odeon was covered up before the opening of the new £30million City Park metres away. The City Park event was on all day and the protest involved turning our backs on the finale performance, to face the Odeon.
At 6:40pm suddenly everything changed. The nicest, most friendly and good humoured people you could hope to meet gathered opposite the odeon. Instant bonding. Popcorn, 3D glasses and Save the Odeon stickers were shared. Projections and lights illuminated the Odeon. Lots of support with horns from the passing motorists. Brilliant! Well done everyone!
It brought me to tears when the odeon started ‘watching’ the fireworks. As an usherette at the alhambra for eleven years, I have watched the slow decay of a wonderful building and it pains me to see it. Let’s hope that people start listening! Looking forward to the next event
I came away from last night’s protest feeling pretty chipper. It’s the first time in my Forty-*cough* years I’ve ever felt strongly enough about something to get off my lardy-arse and make a stand about it in public. As people left the main event, my buddy Bill and I stood at the corner of the Odeon so that people were close enough to be able to not only see us, but interact with us as they passed by on their way home. We got a LOT of support – many comments of “keep up the good work” and so on – and quite a few enquiries of how to help support the cause. I wish we’d had more Odeon Observers to hand out! Those comments were from a wide mix of people – the ‘merry’ girls who insisted on having photos taken with us, a lot of Asian lads, a VERY middle-class couple with well-dressed kids…. We’ve really raised the profile of the cause. What’s next?
Until today I’ve never been involved with anything like this in my life. I’d just like to say what a pleasure today has been, had some funny conversations, with people of all ages, race and religions, met some good people, 90% of who give a really positive response to the Odeon being saved. People actually made an effort to get hold of a copy of the Odeon Observer. Nearly all actually read it as they walked away. Proud to be part of this, Bradford was buzzing tonight. About bloody time too!
I noticed today a lot of young people supporting the cause, actually asking questions and understanding what the Odeon was about. I was approached by people today actually asking about the Odeon with genuine interest, of the views today 100% wanted to save it.