Pride in London is just one day away, and the main gay centre is currently all dug up.
Bemused Pride preppers are very concerned about the state of Old Compton Street.
Typically, during parade day, nearly every inch of the street is crowded with people clutching pints in plastic cups.
Some question whether Soho will be ready for tomorrow (6 July) for the tens of thousands of people. And, also, will it be safe?
Will Soho roadworks be finished before Pride in London?
Oh LOL two days before Pride and there’s a fucking trench down Old Compton Street WITH NO ONE EVEN WORKING ON IT 😂💀 pic.twitter.com/RiwIFWkyzs
— ⚜️ Princess Markgaret ⚜️ (@ScaredOfTheMark) July 4, 2019
Happy Pride y’all! #PrideInLondon @PrideInLondon Do you think @CityWestminster will have finished these small non intrusive roadworks before Saturday on Old Compton Street? #Soho 🏳️🌈😱🚧🚜 pic.twitter.com/pBhYSsjNCB
— 🦒🤓TimmyLDN🙄🇬🇧🇪🇺🏳️🌈🦒 (@TimmyLDN) July 3, 2019
Super excited for London Pride this weekend 👷🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/ICefyxWRPn
— Mrs Phil Perry MBE (@MrsPhilPerry) July 4, 2019
Bosses at Westminster Council said Old Compton Street is undergoing an ’emergency reinstatement’.
‘We have been reassured it’s going to be finished in advance of Pride,’ a council spokesperson told Gay Star News.
‘We wouldn’t want to disrupt Pride in any way – quite the opposite.’
The spokesperson added in a statement: ‘The works on affected roads will be clear [today] – we’ve made sure the area is ready in time for the weekend Pride in London celebrations.’
UK Power Networks added in a tweet that the roadworks would be ‘aborted… so everyone can enjoy themselves safely’.
Pride in London
Pride in London, which celebrates 50 years since the Stonewall riots, says they expect this year to be the ‘biggest and most diverse’ to date.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to march in the parade.
Star of TV show Pose Billy Porter will headline the stage in Trafalgar Square.
Eurovision and X Factor singer Saara Aalto and Drag Race star Willam will also lead festivities.
There will also be performances from musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, about a young British drag queen. There will also be a performance from new musical, & Juliet, with the songs by Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys.