2 April 1982: Potholes targeted in April Fool spoof

Potholes are part of a carefully prepared plan to improve Camden s environment , says council leader Cllr Roy Shaw, who invited residents to go out with a trowel, compost and bulbs and fill in holes so that by May the borough would look lik

2 April 1982

Potholes are "part of a carefully prepared plan to improve Camden's environment", says council leader Cllr Roy Shaw, who invited residents to go out with a trowel, compost and bulbs and fill in holes so that by May the borough would "look like Holland's bulb fields." Well, actually he didn't. Camden's Friends of the Earth put the words into his mouth in a press release dated April 1 and three of them set to work decorating Belsize Avenue, Hampstead, with daffodils.

When someone smashed a window at Dave Brooks' home in Grove Place, Hampstead, while he was playing the bagpipes, he assumed that the listener merely wanted to hear the instrument more clearly. Just in case that was not the motive, however, he now takes to the Heath for his morning musical workout.