Wednesday, 23 November 2011

PA system March Rally London

19th November 2011
This was an outdoor PA needed for several speakers at the meeting point at the end of a march  held at the end of King Charles Street (off Whitehall and home to the Treasury and Foreign Office buildings)
The march and meeting was on behalf of the 'Fawcett Society named in 1953 after its founder  Milicent Fawcett who formed the original movement in 1866. The movement is focused on Women's rights
Back to the PA System . We arrived about 10.30 and set up in our van, the PA control and also a hired Diesel generator which we had picked up that morning from  a branch of H.S.S. We used six EV SX 300 speakers four at the 'Clive Steps' end of King Charles Street facing down towards  Whitehall  and two speakers going down the left hand side of the street. Because of the relatively narrow width of the street and the tall terraced buildings lining its sides We got a fantastic sound without cranking up our Crown amplifiers too much.
We used a small portable stage with 1ft risers to give the Orators a little height so as to be seen by the almost 1000 strong mainly female gathering
Everything went well, all the speech makers could be heard and the weather had a lovely autumnal  feel to it .
The nice backdrop of St. James Park was a bonus. Then the hired generator spluttered !!! Was it devoid of fuel? No. Just broke down,. HSS you must get your act together!
The speech makers used their megaphone for a while while we got out our battery operated speaker with radio microphone from the van and proceeded to quickly set it up . Meanwhile one of the speakers (perhaps unluckily for us the most militant that afternoon) took the opportunity to tell the ladies present "You see girls - you can not rely on men to do anything" I had to take that on the chin - no right of reply here. I must add though that Anna the organiser came over and said something to make me feel a little more comfortable after this libellous slur had been uttered! Fortunately the battery operated speaker back up was fantastic and held up for the rest of the afternoon's speeches .
It was all told a memorable day, lovely weather, all the girls from the Fawcett Society were very good to us, even the coppers on duty were happy. My battery operated speaker got a big kiss from me for saving our bacon and HSS got a big raspberry from me for almost having me hung out to dry

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