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Still no my fair ladies

Women’s toilet that George Bernard Shaw campaigned for remains closed

11 January, 2018 — By John Gulliver

Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison in the 1964 film version of My Fair Lady. Photo: Warner Bros

NOT, I hope, a sign of the times, but the much-in-demand women’s toilet in Parkway remains closed this week.

Hopes rose in November when it was reopened after refurbishment. But then it closed again just before Christmas. Apparently, water seepage proved too much for the builders, and they had to start all over again.

Oddly enough, this is the 60th anniversary of the West End opening of My Fair Lady, a magical musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion.

What has this got to do with the toilet?

Well, it was GBS who, as a councillor or as a “vestryman” for the local council, St Pancras, at the beginning of the last century, campaigned for a women’s toilet to be opened at the foot of Parkway.

Women – and good public order – owe it all to GBS!

Councils have very little sense of history as a rule. Has Camden? If it does, it would get a move on – and complete the works on the toilet.

Perhaps a few women with posters could embarrass the Town Hall with a demonstration.

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