With the recent refurbishment of London’s St Pancras train station (which I still miss- pronounce as St Pancreas to this day) sees the closure of Kings Cross Thameslink forever and the creation of yet another ghost station which first came to be in 1863. A new station below St Pancras will hopefully be more fit for purpose.
I spent many a late night waiting for a train connection on the impossibly narrow Kings Cross Thameslink platform after walking the long passenger tunnel to the platforms themselves (the one they later painted the words ‘smile’ on to cheer the trudging pedestrians up).
Back when I used to go to concerts at The Royal Festival Hall Thameslink was a temporary waiting area for my train home. I remember a regular drunk who used to chance his arm slurring a selection of songs in the tunnel including his own version of an old Vietnam war era protest song which he altered to a more London specific slant:
‘And its one, two three, what are we fighting for -Don’t ask me I don’t give a damn-Next stop is Camden Town’
Rhyming ‘damn’ and ‘town’ only works with a particular London accent and being very very drunk somehow adds to the authenticity. Ah, happy memories.