Next Door’s Drive

Newarke Street Skyline from Newarke Street Car Park, Leicester 2013

In Leicester for a Holocaust Memorial Day meeting, I park on the roof of the Newarke Street Car Park.

It’s a beautiful bright November morning and I look out from the roof across Newarke Street towards the centre of town.

I notice for the first time the pattern in the cast concrete frontage of what was once a textile business but is now Voluntary Action Leicester. Beyond it some of Leicester’s skyline.

Concrete has been around in one form or another for over a thousand years. The Romans made and used versions of it, even here in Leicester.

It’s a much maligned material but when made and used well can be wonderful in both form and function.

Some say concrete has had its day but there is surely still scope for new types and uses as we creep forward into this still new millennium.

after all these years
mum’s footprint
in next door’s drive

Paul Conneally
Leicester 2013

Holocaust Memorial DayVoluntary Action LeicesterPaul Conneally

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