Frank Turner brands North Walls Park development plans 'utterly ridiculous'

Frank Turner at North Walls yesterday.

Frank Turner at North Walls yesterday.

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Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Winchester Chief Reporter

MUSICIAN Frank Turner has branded plans to build on a Hampshire recreation ground “utterly ridiculous”.

The punk folk singer spoke out while a special guest at an event staged by campaigners trying to stop the development of North Walls Park in Winchester.

He told the Daily Echo: “I grew up in Winchester and grew up coming to this rec, so today is very important. It is utterly ridiculous that Winchester City Council is considering building on this.”

Daily Echo:

Mr Turner, who played at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, had been invited to judge a dog parade at the Save the Rec event attended by an estimated 2,500 people.

More than 130 canines were entered into the competition.

Mr Turner, who admitted to being quite nervous, said: “I don’t want anyone to be annoyed about this. This is harder than I imagined it would be.”

Wearing dark glasses and a T-shirt of Black Flag, a 1980s American hardcore punk band, he awarded prizes for the dog with the waggiest tail, the best behaved dog, the naughtiest dog and the dog most like its owner.

He then went on to play a sell-out gig at the Railway Inn at Winchester last night.

Save the Rec organiser Mike Caldwell was delighted with how the event had gone.

He said: “It was a fantastic turn-out. Frank Turner was a real star, a charming man. It has been a great day.”

Campaigners want the city council to reconsider plans to build a new leisure centre on part of the park.

The council is considering plans to replace the existing River Park leisure centre because the current building is 40 years old and deteriorating fast.

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10:08am Mon 5 May 14

chunkyrussell says...

I loathe Winchester and all its smug obnoxious arrogant inhabitants.
I loathe Winchester and all its smug obnoxious arrogant inhabitants. chunkyrussell
  • Score: -10

12:52pm Mon 5 May 14

Mister E says...

I love Winchester! It has character and history oozing from every brick. It has class! I am glad I live just down the road and it helps to make me proud to say Hampshire is my home.
Shame the City Council aren't showing any class. Here's a novel idea, how about renovating/rebuildin
g the existing leisure centre and leave the rest of the park alone!
I love Winchester! It has character and history oozing from every brick. It has class! I am glad I live just down the road and it helps to make me proud to say Hampshire is my home. Shame the City Council aren't showing any class. Here's a novel idea, how about renovating/rebuildin g the existing leisure centre and leave the rest of the park alone! Mister E
  • Score: 3

12:53pm Mon 5 May 14

Mister E says...

I love Winchester! It has character and history oozing from every brick. It has class! I am glad I live just down the road and it helps to make me proud to say Hampshire is my home.
Shame the City Council aren't showing any class. Here's a novel idea, how about renovating/rebuildin
g the existing leisure centre and leave the rest of the park alone!
I love Winchester! It has character and history oozing from every brick. It has class! I am glad I live just down the road and it helps to make me proud to say Hampshire is my home. Shame the City Council aren't showing any class. Here's a novel idea, how about renovating/rebuildin g the existing leisure centre and leave the rest of the park alone! Mister E
  • Score: 2

12:55pm Mon 5 May 14

Mister E says...

Love it so much I said it twice!
Love it so much I said it twice! Mister E
  • Score: 1

1:51pm Mon 5 May 14

skeptik says...

Which Winchester? - My first version was of the 1950s, each decade since has made many changes, some good most not so good. Ancient cathedral cities have to be one thing or other. Winchester sadly tried to play both hands and to my mind it has not been a great success. Most noticeable for those of us posted to other parts, we did not get to see gradual change. Still love the old place though.
Which Winchester? - My first version was of the 1950s, each decade since has made many changes, some good most not so good. Ancient cathedral cities have to be one thing or other. Winchester sadly tried to play both hands and to my mind it has not been a great success. Most noticeable for those of us posted to other parts, we did not get to see gradual change. Still love the old place though. skeptik
  • Score: 1

1:54pm Mon 5 May 14

skeptik says...

chunkyrussell says...

I loathe Winchester and all its smug obnoxious arrogant inhabitants.-------J
HC!
chunkyrussell says... I loathe Winchester and all its smug obnoxious arrogant inhabitants.-------J HC! skeptik
  • Score: -1

11:34am Tue 6 May 14

From the sidelines says...

chunkyrussell wrote:
I loathe Winchester and all its smug obnoxious arrogant inhabitants.
I'm sure they'd find you to be an interesting specimen for study. However, I doubt they'd wish to get too close to you.
[quote][p][bold]chunkyrussell[/bold] wrote: I loathe Winchester and all its smug obnoxious arrogant inhabitants.[/p][/quote]I'm sure they'd find you to be an interesting specimen for study. However, I doubt they'd wish to get too close to you. From the sidelines
  • Score: 0

11:36am Tue 6 May 14

From the sidelines says...

"he awarded prizes for the dog with the waggiest tail, the best behaved dog, the naughtiest dog and the dog most like its owner."

I'm sure punk was never like this.
"he awarded prizes for the dog with the waggiest tail, the best behaved dog, the naughtiest dog and the dog most like its owner." I'm sure punk was never like this. From the sidelines
  • Score: 0

11:50am Tue 6 May 14

camerajuan says...

Frank Turner, fantastic musician and gentleman. Holds an accolade few artists can relate to.

chunkyrussell - Plank. Plain and simple. Plank.
Frank Turner, fantastic musician and gentleman. Holds an accolade few artists can relate to. chunkyrussell - Plank. Plain and simple. Plank. camerajuan
  • Score: 1

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