FROM THE EDITOR: Why is it too much to ask some people to behave?
Just flipping behave. It isn’t complicated is it? Human beings just need to act like we are civilised, like we care for each other, our city and our parks.
But no, that was clearly too much to ask as temperatures soared yesterday.
It looks like we all had a great time – fantastic.
But you shouldn’t be able to spot that the next morning let alone be left shaking your head in disgust at the amount of dumped trash in our public spaces.
I have worked on my laptop in the garden for the last couple of days and I realise that I am incredibly blessed to be able to do that.
There are thousands in Sheffield who have spent lockdown in cramped flats with no outdoor area of their own.
I blame nobody who wants to get out and enjoy the sun.
That is, after all, one of the benefits of living in Europe’s greenest city. But we do need to look after it.
It isn’t difficult, in fact it is ridiculously simple.
Just leave the place looking like it did when you arrived.
Take your litter home, don’t leave barbecue burn marks and avoid causing damage at all costs.
If you could find it in your heart to not annoy those around you and to remember that people live nearby, that would also be great.
The same rules apply to beaches, the Peaks and all of our beauty spots.
When a major incident is declared by police due to the sheer number of seaside revellers in Dorest, I can’t help but question the sanity of this country.
Yes it was the hottest day of the year and yes we have been locked up in our homes for months but really?
If it were a Fawlty Towers scene wouldn’t it be hilarious?
Predictable but funny nonetheless.
Don’t worry, good old British weather will sort us out with downpours and storms threatened from today onwards.
That will at least give our sunburn the chance to ease and allow the litter pickers chance to do their work.
Imagine living in a country where we are happy making other people pick up our rubbish.
This isn’t quite what we all dreamt about during those dark days of lockdown.
We wanted change and we wanted us all to emerge better.
I always try to be positive but right now I am struggling to imagine that we’ve transformed into better people if this start is anything to judge it on.