I happen to be on the mailing list for maritime notices from the Port of London Authority.
Most are about regulations about using the river. However, some are useful as a “this area is to be closed off” type alert often lets me know that Something Interesting is going to happen, that I then sometimes add to the events diary if they sound like people might be interested in watching the event.
They also tend to be useful for river based fireworks as I have advance notice of where the barge will be moored – so can have a sort of insider knowledge of the best spot to get the best view of the barge.
Anyhow – today came the alerts for various gun salutes fired from the Tower of London which need the nearby river to be closed off. There are others during the year, but these are the Big Ones.
SatÂ Â Â Â 06 FebruaryÂ 1pmÂ HM Queen's Accession to the throne WedÂ Â Â 03 March noon State Visit WedÂ Â Â 21 AprilÂ Â Â Â 1pmÂ Birthday of HM Queen TBCÂ Â Â MayÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â noon Election WedÂ Â Â 02 JuneÂ Â Â Â Â 1pm Â HM Queen's Coronation ThurÂ Â 10 JuneÂ Â Â Â Â 1pm Â Birthday of HRH Duke of Edinburgh SatÂ Â Â Â 12 JuneÂ Â Â Â Â 1pm Official Birthday of HM Queen TBCÂ Â Â Jul/Aug/Sept/OctÂ TBCÂ Â State Visit TBCÂ Â Â NovemberÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â noonÂ State Opening of Parliament MonÂ Â Â 15 NovemberÂ Â Â Â Â Â 1pmÂ Â Birthday of HRH Prince of Wales
OK, they don’t know the exact date in May, but does the PLA have some secret inside knowledge that the General Election is definitely set for May?
For the avoidance of doubt, I guess they probably just put the note in the calendar and chose May as it is the most likely month, and they don’t really know the date any more than the rest of us.
Incidentally, is it normal for the Tower to fire a gun salute during a General Election?