Janet Street-Porter visits Colchester and gets lost

Lack of clear signage to destinations in Colchester town centre has today shown to confuse and aggravate visiting guests to Britain‘s oldest recorded town.

Janet Street-Porter, visiting the £28m Firstsite art gallery in Colchester today took to Twitter and tweeted: “To Colchester for top Grayson Perry show , shame no signs from high St or station-maybe council thinks art lovers are psychic?”


Ms Porter continued: “drove to see FirstSite gallery. Priory St inaccessible. Walke (sic) from behind Fenwick. Not a single sign to an important gallery.


In 2015, plans were revealed to update the route, between Colchester North Station and the town centre project titled “Fix the Link“, in an £80,000 overhaul. Some residents calling the ideas a “waste of money”.

Darius Laws (Con), Councillor for Castle Ward tweeted to Janet: “We’ve some outstanding hidden heritage attractions too, if you find yourself back here and in need of a private tour happy to help”.

Some on Twitter lent sympathy to Miss Porter’s plight, commenting: “You’d think we could do better considering @yourcolchester say we have 6.3m visitors a year”.

A social media user even apologised to Ms Porter : “On behalf of all Colchester we would like to apologise”.

The Grayson Perry show; The Life of Julie Cope, is a unique presentation consisting of tapestries, woodcuts, ceramics and tiles designed by the Turner Prize-winning artist for A House for Essex (2015), a building designed by the artist in collaboration with Charles Holland of FAT Architecture.The exhibition will include all four large-scale tapestries made for the House as well as sketchbooks, drawings and photographs that chart its development and runs until Sunday 18th February, 2018.

Janet Street-Porter, Loose Woman, ITV

Ms Porter has been a presenter on ITV’s daytime TV show, Loose Women since 2011 and is a regular column writer in the Daily Mail and The Independent on Sunday.

Colchester is to play host to another TV show, with David Dimbleby presenting BBC Question Time this coming Thursday, 23rd November 2017 which is being filmed at the Town Hall.

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