Great news is that new Pay and Display meters are on their way only trouble is we don’t know what timescale, but the sooner the better, some look as if they have been pulled from under a collapsed building in an earthquake. Not fitting for a ‘conservation area’ at all.
This was my opening for this month’s editorial. Little did I know what was to follow!
When a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck south-eastern Turkey and north-western Syria early Monday morning Feb 6th (4.17am local time), its tremor could be felt as far afield as Lebanon, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, and the Palestinian territories. A second quake, which recorded a magnitude of 7.5, struck just 9 hours later.
Worried my Turkish friend might be affected took a trip to see him at the Acapella but was shocked to hear how many of his family were gone, including his younger brother. As the week unfolded found out even more people had lost loved ones. The Acapella owner decided to start an appeal, and we just had to help. The Jewellery Quarter responded in a massive way and still are. There is a fund-raising night at the Acapella on 24th Feb – still working out details, and a second collection is soon to be underway. Please check our social media regularly.
It has now been classed as the worst natural disaster for 100 years by the World Health Organisation.
To all those who have helped and donated we can’t express how we feel in words – just THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!