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October 9th and 10th 2010

On Saturday October 9th, the city was preparing for the marathon and half marathon the next day.
(I didn’t have my camera with me for most of these pictures, please excuse the quality of my phone shots)

Runner caution sign leicester marathon October 2010

I had to take this picture from a distance, because it’s in the middle of this lot. I ran down here on Sunday morning – fortunately the riot vans had gone!

police preparing Leicester October 2010

Unfortunately, the city also played host to demonstrations by the ‘English Defence League’ and ‘Unite Against Fascism’ on Saturday. Lots of news and TV coverage concentrated on the headline grabbing violence, stand off, smoke bombs and battered bodies.

But what of the ‘other news’ of the real city centre.

shop closure leicester October 2010

In my view, the saddest sight in Leicester on Saturday was the market.

Leicester Market October 2010

Desolate, barren, neglected, the list goes on.

A normal Saturday (this picture was taken 2 weeks earlier)

leicester market

Vibrant, noisy, colourful, exciting, thriving.

The city will bounce back, it bounced back the next day for the marathon and half marathon.

The demonstrators had their democratic right to meet. I wonder how much the market traders sympathised with them.
What do you think?