If you read the comments on yesterday's blog you would see that Rachel had read in one of the papers, or heard on the news, that North Yorkshire County Council had ordered the removal of some bunting for the Tour de France, on the grounds that it was a Health and Safety risk.
I do sometimes wonder if 'Health and Safety' has gone too far. Of course there are lots of areas where people were taking unnecessary risks and endangering not only their own lives but the lives of other people. But really I do think this has been a step too far.
This morning we went to Masham for feed. Masham is the town where the order was made so after loading up with feed we went into the market square to have a look.
It is a very pretty little town with a cobbled market square. The whole place has a real French Provincial look to it and is a favourite tourist destination. The tour is not going through the market square but is passing near, so the folk of Masham thought they would jolly the place up a bit and hold various events (as every other place is doing - music, barbecues - you name it). To this end they made bunting of tiny little jerseys, each one about 12cm by 10cm, and strung this bunting between the lamp posts. The authorities have deemed that should the bunting get wet and the weather windy the weight of the bunting might bend the lamp posts so they have had to take it all down. They are now in the process of stringing it along the buildings instead. I photographed this bit from the car park in the square to give you the general idea.