Working every day in the streets of London can have its challenges. What is merely a news item on protestors, sporting events, strikes or terrorists that other people watch from afar is for me, real-life. Protests for good or bad reasons make it hard for me to do my job. Marathons are all well and good if you’re a participant or fan but trying to cross the road as 40,000 runners stream past can be a bit of a pain.
The upside of all this is that when there is good news or some incredible event happening, you get to see the build-up, live the moment and watch things get back to normal, almost as if they never happened the day after.
Such has been the case with the Platinum Jubilee which has seen London do what it does best, put on a show. For weeks flags have been erected, flowers have been arranged, window displays set up and for people like myself, increasing areas of Westminster have been closed off in preparations for the big event.
Of course there have been parties and events all over Britain and across the world; I particularly liked watching the beacons being lit on Friday night. But here are some photos that give an indication what a happy old place London is at the moment.
Writing this on Sunday morning however, my favourite bit so far was when Saturdays concert opened with Paddington Bear meeting the Queen for Tea as the band Queen were about to kick things off outside.