Gaudy or bright?

PUBLISHED: 11:10 19 July 2007 | UPDATED: 12:39 04 May 2010

APPARENTLY a couple of the businesses that are still managing to survive in Soham have come in for a bit of criticism because their frontages are a bit colourful. The El Porto Cafe is a fairly striking shade of yellow, in fact to a lot of people it is kno

APPARENTLY a couple of the businesses that are still managing to survive in Soham have come in for a bit of criticism because their frontages are a bit colourful. The El Porto Cafe is a fairly striking shade of yellow, in fact to a lot of people it is known as "the yellow caff", and, as such, is considered to detract from the colour scheme of the Red Lion Square. I had a look at it the other day and thought it blended in quite well. It matched almost exactly the paintwork on the skip standing in front of it as well as the lines all around the square prohibiting parking and the panels on the 'keep left' bollards. In fact, one of these bollards, the one opposite the greengrocers, is a 'keep somewhere' bollard as the pointer has dropped off.

The red kebab shop is also a bit of a problem, apparently. Again, this blends in quite well with its environment because it is almost exactly the same colour as the 'phone box that is propping up the Red Lion.

Personally, I think it's nice to see bit of colour in these overcast days and I'd like to wish both enterprises luck for the future.

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