Bio Reading Town Hall Mayors Parlour 21st April
So what is the Mayors parlour?
The definition to a sitting room in a private house, a place to receive guests, a room in a monastery to recited guests where you can converse.
I was rather overwhelmed, on my initial arrival, that I was handed the keys, to the Mayor Parlour. I was allowed to stay in The Town Hall all day (I do know someone who works here! ) and was allowed to visit lots of other rooms throughout The Town Hall. This was amazing as I have never been inside the Town Hall before and had struggled to see what the Town Hall was used for. I haven’t really needed to enter into this building previously. I suppose you would only need to visit if you needed to pay your council tax, or a car fine or have any building issues, but it’s much more than just that. This is where they govern the town, build links with different businesses, hand out the dosh to organisations for the good of the community, to expand and to set up partnerships, implementing systems and maintaining the functionings of the our social infrastructure.
The Town Hall was part of Heritage Open Day tours that took place on the 9 and 10 September 2017, where anyone could visit the rooms within the town hall. This was also linked to other places across Luton with open access, to most buildings of importance and was linked with Luton Culture.
The Architecture is stunning that could be used for any film set , as its dramatic and nostalgic architecture spaces. reminiscent from the film “citizen Kane “ Directed by Orson Welles 1941
I had free run of the place! So this is the Council Chambers and it reminds me of a sets from films like 1984, based on the book by George Orwell, and other films like Dune or Blade Runner or even The Fifth Element. Looking around, I noticed that every seat has a speaker. Rather intimidating at first. to know that your voice is being recorded and heard by everyone. So I had to have a go. I guess I didn’t expect that the speaker would be live. I unexpectedly found the rule for voting in as concealed draw in front of me. That’s when I decided to read out the rules for voting. This is the fear of all fears for me, as dyslexia has been such a massive part of my life and to read out loud is just not possible. I could feel my anxiety starting to stir. I did it anyway with speaker on, my voice bouncing around the room. Interesting to think that voting takes place here, with people I don’t know on issues that I’m unaware of, for the community here in Luton.
The parlour holds trinkets of friendship and momentos and gifts of celebration. It is evident from all the gifts and momentos that are housed within the parlour, that there are good links with a range of companies and partnerships that come from across the world, showing a greater outlook for our town to have friendships with other towns and cities. At first I was hyper critical as I am not really into award ceremonies where people are presented some plastic chintzy object saying this or that. But looking at all these things within the parlour, it reminded me of my grandmother’s house. She had momentos all over the house, of significance. And then that’s when it hit me all these things are moments in time to reflect upon. They are like markers in time, objects for reminders of the friendship or importance of something or someone. I think that initially I was ‘anti’ due to the fact that I was ‘that kid’ who, however hard I tried at something I would never get the thing that summed up the importance of that moment, even my MA graduation they forgot to give me the title for Distinction onto my certification. (its ok, I took it back and they reprinted it, but still!).
Great to see that the Council was part of the organisation of the celebrations for ‘St George’s Day’, with ‘The Best of British.’ What a successful event, held today in the centre of the town. With a variety of activities for the young and old with wonderful dancers and performers, Zorbining with a Punch and Judy show and a full size Dual Winged plane and to top it off a free Cream Teas to name just a few of the activities available, with your free activity card. What a great idea and wonderful to see so many people have a great time. It’s also the Queens birthday today !