We’ve got a dry fountain that just gets in the way. Meanwhile the city is bereft after the loss of its unique nightspot, the Willow.
Now some bright spot has put these two things together and come up with a genius solution.
Knock down the Parliament Street fountain and erect a statue of Willow owner Tommy Fong in its place.
Clinton Reeve started the petition on Wednesday (July 29) and five hours in it had garnered 42 signatures.
Why? This is what Clinton writes on the Change.org petition page:
It was open since 1937 served cheap shots, chests music and free prawn crackers and made generations of students in the city very happy. He did a lot of good in the city of York and should be remembered.
We’re not exactly certain what “chests music” is but we are fully behind the sentiment.
As are these people who added their signatures…
– Jamie Orchard
– Warren Keefe
– Lucy Wallace
And the most eloquent of all the reasons –
– Lucy Twyman
Delivered in the early hours of Monday (July 27), minutes before the Willow closed for good, Tommy gives a speech worthy of any of our great orators.
Clinton Cards are taking over. So you can get your cards from Clintons instead of becoming The Willow customer.
So what do you think of Clinton Cards?
At this stage the booing clubbers are about ready to tear down to the nearest Clintons with burning torches.
But Tommy finishes with a thank you to all his customers before the cheesiest tune of them all, Sinatra’s New York, New York becomes the last played at the Willow.
It has been featured in a Guardian article entitled Farewell, The Willow — the Berghain of York.
And it was trending on Buzzfeed for a while, which offered 19 Reasons The Willow Was The Greatest “Nightclub” The World Will Ever See.
But remember where you heard the news first.
Now though, the Willow has gone forever. Oh York, what have we done?