I heard a song on BBC6 Music earlier called “Co-op” by Bess Atwell. I had to look up the lyrics, as at one point I thought I heard the line “My favourite place on Portman Road”... I did wonder who would choose the Co-op stand as their favourite place there...
Booking was for 3.30 - notification stated to not arrive more than 5 mins before timed booking. 3.25 arrived, had to go past the turning, do a u-turn and join queue behind 4 other cars on West End Rd 3.38 - actually make it into SAR Way 3.50 - on the cusp of entering Portmans Walk - with one car still ahead on SAR Way 3.52 - 4 cars ahead outside the gate 3.55 - mounting excitement now 2nd in line 3.58 - ushered in and directed to space 4.07 - with my usual efficiency, deposited my final item to offload and left within the allowed 10 minutes.
Summary: not the same level of efficiency as Felixstowe, queuing times extended way beyond what would be expected given the booking system was supposed to remove. Each area well marked and allowed for simple disposal with little trouble. Social distancing well observed, with exception of one bloke coming up whilst I was depositing, with a “sorry mate, I was already committed”... 6.5 out of 10.
Possibly, but this is not confirmation that it is actually the case, I can't reveal that I'm afraid... but maybe inspired by Factual... I've got myself a 15 minute slot at the tip on Monday. (sadly not the impressive environs of Bury St Edmunds, but the one near Portman Road!)
The shift and rearranged dates of a couple I had tickets for has delivered me a nice weekend of music in October. Sound City Ipswich on Friday 1st AND now Saturday 2nd... and then Fontaine’s DC in Cambridge on Monday 4th... just need to see if I’d get away with finding one for the Sunday too!!