Editor's Blog

29/08/2017
Don't lock out common sense

To the Royal Albert Hall last week, for a night at the Proms.

My friend and I arrived late and flustered, and were quickly shooed to our box seats by a short-tempered usher. She closed the door behind us, and then, an unnerving sound followed. Click.

"She's locked us in!" I whispered to my friend in shock.

I tested the handle to check and sure enough, we had been gated in like sheep.

Said friend laughed nervously and explained that such was the tradition, aimed at stopping interruptions.

I can appreciate that, but surely in this day and age - particularly in this time of heightened terror alert and after tragic events like the Grenfell Tower blaze - venues like Royal Albert need to reassess their practices with safety as the priority?



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