I know I have not been paying attention recently but if it was not for an announcement on
Maggot Sandwich I would not have known that there was to ‘Fun Day’ in
Erith’s Riverside Gardens last Saturday. This is the only place in the borough of
Bexley which allows the public free access to the river. A valuable space which
Teresa O’Neill wanted to sell off, fortunately the deal fell through, but the threat remains.
Lots of local organisations were represented and rather more detail is available on Arthur Pewty.
The main event as far as I was concerned was the unveiling of the signpost which marks the arrival of Alexander Selkirk in Erith. Alexander Selkirk was a Scottish sailor and the inspiration for Daniel Defoe’s book, Robinson Crusoe.
The commemorative sign is, I understand, the brainchild of former Labour councillor Maggie O’Neill who commissioned the work by local company WDS Signs and obtained the planning permission etc. The sign was unveiled by Erith and Thamesmead MP, Teresa Pearce.