Friday, 21 October 2011
Closing St Pauls
Defiant above the flames this photograph was taken from the roof of the Daily Mail building in Tudor Street by Herbert Mason. It is one of the iconic pictures of the blitz. Churchill insisted that every available fire fighting resource should be deployed to save it. There was the unexploded bomb that struck the cathedral on 12 September 1940 and caused a 100 foot crater when later exploded in a remote location.
So today's news that the Cathedral has been closed for "health and safety" reasons because of the Occupy London Stock Exchange encampent shows how far we have progressed over the last 70 years. Sunday services have been suspended for only the first time since 1941 when Adolf and his henchmen managed it for 4 days.
Whatever the merits of the protesters' cause that seems to me like one spectacular own goal .
Posted by Stephen Sellers at 20:29