There were a group of dancers entertaining the crowd. They didn’t seem to be busking but they’d certainly got some interest. I took a few shots, trying to get some of the small children who were imitating them. And then I noticed an elderly man who was watching them. He started to walk away at one point and then came back to his post at the lamp post to continue watching them.
In years of photographing around the West End and Soho, I’ve noticed that I don’t see that many elderly people. It’s a shame – these parts of London belong to everyone just as much as the more residential areas. (I do see lots of elderly people around Covent Garden and Holborn close by because these are also residential areas.) I think Soho and the West End are the poorer for not attracting older people.
As someone who was brought up by my grandparents for a while, I really appreciate what older people have to give to our communities. I would hate to see London become a city that is empty of older generations.
But maybe that won’t happen: on the same evening, I saw this lady outside Ronnie Scott’s.