Latest reactions to Queen's death that are leaving Britons puzzled

Too grief-stricken for guinea pigs! Pet awareness week is postponed, funfair cancelled, cinema bans POPCORN and even a PHONE BOOTH has gone into mourning… latest reactions to Queen’s death that are leaving Britons puzzled

  • Supermarkets, hospitals and bin collections all impacted by the Queen’s funeral
  • But Britons have taken joy in pointing out niches examples of ‘marks of respect’
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Britons have taken to social media to share more unusual tributes being made in memory of the Queen ahead of her state funeral on Monday.

While the closures of supermarkets, the scrapping of hospital appointments and postponement of bin collections will impact millions, many have taken joy in pointing out some of the more niche examples of companies, charities and individuals offering their own ‘marks of respect’.

One which caught the eye of many on Twitter was the postponement of Guinea Pig Awareness Week.

A post on Facebook read: ‘In recognition of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, we are postponing Guinea Pig Awareness Week.

‘Guinea Pig Awareness Week will now take place from 26th-30th September.’

There was also much reaction to a picture of a traditional red phone box covered in a black veil, with bouquets of flowers left beside it.

One which caught the eye of many on Twitter was the postponement of Guinea Pig Awareness Week

Social media users were puzzled by the closure of a children’s ride based on the animated character Bing

An A4 notice stuck on the attraction read: ‘As a mark of respect to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we are suspending the use of this ride whilst the nation is in mourning. Thank you for your understanding’

Meanwhile, cinemas across the country have decided they are not screening blockbuster films on Monday, however some were puzzled to see Vue’s policy when broadcasting the service

Elsewhere, social media users were puzzled by the closure of a children’s ride based on the animated character Bing.

An A4 notice stuck on the attraction read: ‘As a mark of respect to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we are suspending the use of this ride whilst the nation is in mourning. Thank you for your understanding.’

Similarly, a large sign revealed that a funfair in Brighton was closed ‘out of respect’. 

Meanwhile, cinemas across the country have decided they are not screening blockbuster films on Monday, however some were puzzled to see Vue’s policy when broadcasting the service.

The chain says on its website: ‘We will be screening the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in selected UK venues on Monday, 19 September, live from 10am. 

‘Seats will be free of charge and our retail offering on this day will be limited to complimentary bottled water during the broadcast, with no other snacks or drinks available for purchase. 

‘On this day we will not be showing our normal programme of films.’

Others pointed out a store’s solemn message about the monarch against the backdrop of a colourful children’s display, a man’s tattoo of the Queen and Paddington Bear and a host of other event cancellations, such as the Streatham Common Wind Day. 

A tourist attraction in Manchester has also taken steps to tweak its operations as a ‘mark of respect’.

The I’m a Celebrity Jungle Attraction at Salford Quays sees contestants bid to become ‘king or queen of the jungle’.

However, these titles are being temporarily removed, and the winners at the end of the trials will instead be referred to as the ‘champion of the jungle’.

And YoSushi has pushed back its reduced price menu – which includes items for 97p to mark 25 years of business since 1997 – until after the period of mourning.

They are the latest examples of obscure ways businesses and organisations are honouring the Queen’s death, after bike rack closures, lowering the volume of the bleeps on supermarket checkouts and stopping clocks on the very minute the monarch died were pointed out earlier this week.

Responding to the various reported cancellations and closures, tweeters have been joking: ‘It’s what she would have wanted’.   

Similarly, a large sign revealed that a funfair in Brighton was closed ‘out of respect’

Others pointed out a store’s solemn message about the monarch against the backdrop of a colourful children’s display

A man’s tattoo of the Queen holding hands with Paddington Bear also sparked reaction

Meanwhile, buskers have reacted with disbelief over TfL’s sudden decision to suspend busking on the London Underground during the period of mourning.

Some took to social media to vent their frustration, saying they will lose a week’s income because of the decision.

Author Philip Pullman also weighed on the decision, saying: ‘Apparently TfL has declared that no busking will be allowed on the Underground until after the Queen’s funeral. What a miserable, mean cast of mind this reveals.’

One musician known as Benjamin Teacher, who is blind and plays guitar on the Underground with one arm, responded: ‘Thanks for the support Philip.

‘As a LU Busker who is physically disabled and legally blind, Busking is my only source of income to provide and survive.

‘This brief ban ONLY effects/hurts us Buskers. Especially disabled ones. Please reconsider.’

Chris Morris, 41, said he has been busking for years and plays in the Underground most days, either solo or with his band Berlin Blonde.

He said: ‘I didn’t realise they had sent an email saying not to busk. I thought, fair enough, it’s a bit c**p with no notice but if it’s only going to be this weekend, I can deal with that. But later that day it said sorry, it’s going to have to be until after the funeral.

‘We book our pitches two weeks in advance so we didn’t know someone was going to die.’

He said he would typically make between £300-£400 a week depending on how many days he plays and that effectively the TfL decision will cost him nearly two weeks of work as he will miss two weekends, which are more profitable than the weekdays.

The guitarist and drummer also said he now plans to busk on the street in east London, despite it being less safe.

He added: ‘I went busking on Friday and had a really good day in South Kensington, I made over £100 in four hours. I think people appreciated the fact that someone was lightening the mood.

‘It is so much better on the Tube, you have security, you have internet so you can use the contactless payments, and it’s much safer. I have been robbed before on the streets.

‘I appreciate TfL for letting us do it, but it’s just I wish they had given us a heads up.’

TfL’s busking scheme includes 39 pitches across 25 London Underground stations. On its website, TfL says buskers play to a unique audience of 3.5 million people.

Busking on the Tube has attracted big name stars such as Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, Bob Geldof and Katherine Jenkins.

Jamie Pullman, London Regional Organiser for the Musicians’ Union (MU) said: ‘The MU has been in contact with many musicians who have been denied an opportunity to earn a living and wholeheartedly support their view that they should be allowed to continue to busk on the Underground.

‘Given that music plays such a central role in national events – royal weddings and now the funeral of the Queen, it is absurd to suggest that it is a disrespectful activity.

‘Busking went ahead safely during the recent Jubilee celebrations, so we believe that concerns about overcrowding are overstated.’

David Fisher, co-director of the campaign group Keep Streets Live, added: ‘We are hugely disappointed with the decision to prevent street performers from making their living on the London Underground during the mourning period for the Queen.

‘While we understand that many people will want to grieve and pay their respects, this should not prevent buskers from going about their work.

‘It is hard to believe that the Royal Family, who have supported a wide variety of arts-focused charities over the years, would approve of such a ban and we call on TfL to change this policy with a matter of urgency, and we hope that this will not set a precedent for other areas in London.’

A TfL spokesperson said: ‘During the period of national mourning, we have taken the decision to pause the busking scheme across our network, and we will reopen the scheme following this.’

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