Lion on Old Market Square
Pride: The Old Market Square from the lions point of view.
In this programme,
Nottinghams infamous stone lions are given a voice to tell
us about their square!
Clifton poet Lynn Adgar has written a special poem to allow the
lions to tell us their story. The poem is read by one of the lions
(played here by actor William Fitzgerald).
Listen to the poem (28k)
(or read our text version)
Julian, A Sense of Place producer, explains why she decided to make
a programme about these lions:
"When looking into the legend and folklore of our county, I
was fascinated by the stories of the lions in slab square.
Theres the well known phrase meet you by the lions
a tradition which has gone on for generations.
Its also said that the lions roar when a virgin passes!
The Old Market
Square also interested me, the largest square in England, it hosts
all kinds of visitors and workers, is the place for celebrations
and commemorations and it feels different at different times of
the day - so I decided the programme would look at the life of the
square, from the lions point of view!"
people in Nottingham feel about lions, Sarah says she was surprised:
"When recording material for this programme I expected to come
across plenty of stories about meeting by the lions, but what really
surprised me was the warmth people felt towards these stone creatures,
most had their own names for them and even thoughts on their characters."
Listen to people's thoughts about the lions (28k)
The lions introduce
us to the characters of the square - the tour guide who knows their
history and fill us in on the legends that surround the lions.
Margaret Harrison, blue badge tour guide for Nottingham insists
they do roar "Theyre practically as loud as Little John,
the bell in the Council House."
Listen to Margaret Harrison talk about the lions (28k)
We hear from
the people who remember the square before the lions arrived, the
people who keep it clean, and the homeless who sleep under the watchful
eye of the lions.
House, Old Market Square
a former security officer who sometimes spent up to 16 hours on
the steps feels very strongly about the square. He says its
a special place:
"Its the rallying point for Nottinghamshire, its
where people come when a tragedy happens, for me, its like
the colours of a regiment."
Listen to Dennis Ashcroft's views of the square (28k)
The lions are
probably best known as a place to meet your date - Cathy Phethean
of Ruddington recalls "One time I was supposed to be meeting
a boy by the lions, but I didnt like the look of him so I
walked straight past him."
These days, the tradition is still as strong, every Saturday night
clusters of people surround the lions waiting for their dates.The
programme brings the flavour of the square on a Saturday night.
Listen to Saturday night on Old Market Square (28k)
lion and his attendants invite you to join them
for Nottinghams Pride.
It will be broadcast on BBC Radio Nottingham (95.5FM and 103.8FM)
on Sunday 28th April 2002 at midday.