Impromptu cricket game on London street draws crowd after 10pm pub curfew

Filmmaker describes atmosphere as ‘very sweet and exuberant’

Tom Batchelor
Sunday 11 October 2020 12:51
Comments
Post-curfew street cricket as drinkers enjoy last hurrah before tighter Covid rules

Pub and restaurant-goers staged an impromptu cricket match on a high street in south London after venues were forced to close at 10pm in line with the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

Video of the game, which played out on Rye Lane in Peckham, was widely shared on Twitter. A large crowd could be seen gathering near Peckham Rye train station to watch.

James Jones, a documentary maker who caught the game on video, said impromptu cricket matches had become a regular feature of the street since it was closed in July by Southwark Council to allow more space for social distancing for shoppers, cyclists and pedestrians.

He told The Independent: “I think people have been playing cricket outside Khan’s on Rye Lane occasionally since the street was pedestrianised.

“Last night it coincided with everyone being kicked out of the pubs and bars at 10pm so it grew into a larger crowd. 

"The atmosphere was very sweet and exuberant. I’ll leave it to other people to debate the rights and wrongs but it was a joyful moment at a time when we all need a bit of joy in our lives!”

The government has faced pressure to review the 10pm curfew, which came into force at the end of September.

There have been claims that the policy was not based on robust evidence, as well as suggestions that it might be counterproductive by triggering mass street parties in major cities.

It comes as Matt Hancock, the health secretary, denied claims that he broke the government's Covid drinking curfew.

The Cabinet minister's spokesman insisted allegations Mr Hancock stayed drinking in a Commons bar beyond 10pm were untrue. 

The comments came after The Mail on Sunday said the Health Secretary breached restrictions introduced by the government to halt the spread of the virus.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in