Marjorie is very disappointed in this - I think she wanted to be the first Avenue resident to go festive. "No-one told me about Joyce at Number 2" she huffed at me when we met up in Ayres. "She's famous for it" I laughed, requesting an apple pie. "At Mermaid Court, we always had ours up by the first of December and we were always the first. There my Frank would be, with his cherubs and his tinsel - he loves doing the Christmas decorations." She seemed quite sad as she picked up her crusty cob and sniffed "I shall have to see when Frank wants to get his up. He won't want to be beaten on his decorations!" She rallied at this point and swept out of the shop, nearly tripping over old Mrs Mellish in her invalid carriage.
The War of the Christmas Decorations has begun.