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'RIP Folkestone lorry park' says retired truck driver who has written a poem on its closure

A former truck driver has decided to conduct daily poetry readings outside the site of the former Folkestone lorry park to mourn its closure. The concrete site on the seafront provided a place to stay for lorry drivers often travelling from Calais, but come to an end this year to make way for the multi-million pound Folkestone Harbour development.

Ziggy Duly says the Folkestone Lorry Park provided a calm respite for lorry drivers coming from CalaisZiggy Duly says the Folkestone Lorry Park provided a calm respite for lorry drivers coming from Calais

Perceived as a blight on the seafront for some, retired truck driver Ziggy Duly is determined to make the public realise the importance of lorry parks and how the Folkestone site provided a ‘safe haven’ for drivers experiencing the trauma of migrants trying to get into their trucks overseas.

Calais trauma

She said: “I wanted to remind people of the lorry park and how useful it was for drivers. “It needs to be said – no one ever puts forward the lorry driver’s point of view.

The lorry park has now disappeared to make way for the Harbour developmentThe lorry park has now disappeared to make way for the Harbour development

“Folkestone lorry park was a way to get away from all the trauma in Calais, where you’d constantly have your curtains slashed, hear dogs barking and would never get a decent night’s sleep.

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Folkestone Harbour development

  • The very plush looking interior of Folkestone seafront's proposed residential dwellingsNew images of plush flats on the Harbour
  • Pictures of the development from a visual impact study have alarmed residentsSeafront plans compared to ‘Benidorm’
  • Folkestone RotundaSeafront plans that never happened
  • Significant progress has been made at the old Folkestone Harbour railway stationProgress on Folkestone Harbour station

“You would not expect to spend a night in Calais without people getting in.”

She added: “People always complain about lorries, but we have to have trucks otherwise nothing will go in the shops. “Nobody thinks about us”.

11ft banner

To pay homage to the lorry park, the former lorry driver of 22 years now stands in front of the derelict site next to the former Onyx nightclub on the seafront every day.

Daily poetry readings paying homage to the lorry park happen daily near the former Onyx nightclub on the seafrontDaily poetry readings paying homage to the lorry park happen daily near the former Onyx nightclub on the seafront

Those walking by will be able to hear her pre-recorded poem from a speaker read by Braveheart actor Alun Armstrong, alongside a white banner with Ms Duly’s poetry scrawled across it. Her initial banner measured a huge 11ft wide, but has since been downscaled after the original one was stolen earlier this month (October 8).

Ziggy Duly says she wants to remind the public how important lorry driver facilities areZiggy Duly says she wants to remind the public how important lorry driver facilities are

The poem ends: “Now the Lorry Park’s gone to make way for houses, our one time safe haven has had its day.

RIP

“Its lay byes for us, or maybe hard shoulders.

Even less space to hide away. “RIP Folkestone Lorry Park – flattened April 2017.

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“We had good times there.” Ms Duly’s poetry reading sessions are part of local art project Folkestone Fringe.

Readings on the seafront are conducted every day from 2pm (weather permitting).

'RIP Folkestone lorry park' says retired truck driver who has written a poem on its closure

A former truck driver has decided to conduct daily poetry readings outside the site of the former Folkestone lorry park to mourn its closure. The concrete site on the seafront provided a place to stay for lorry drivers often travelling from Calais, but come to an end this year to make way for the multi-million pound Folkestone Harbour development.

Ziggy Duly says the Folkestone Lorry Park provided a calm respite for lorry drivers coming from CalaisZiggy Duly says the Folkestone Lorry Park provided a calm respite for lorry drivers coming from Calais

Perceived as a blight on the seafront for some, retired truck driver Ziggy Duly is determined to make the public realise the importance of lorry parks and how the Folkestone site provided a ‘safe haven’ for drivers experiencing the trauma of migrants trying to get into their trucks overseas.

Calais trauma

She said: “I wanted to remind people of the lorry park and how useful it was for drivers. “It needs to be said – no one ever puts forward the lorry driver’s point of view.

The lorry park has now disappeared to make way for the Harbour developmentThe lorry park has now disappeared to make way for the Harbour development

“Folkestone lorry park was a way to get away from all the trauma in Calais, where you’d constantly have your curtains slashed, hear dogs barking and would never get a decent night’s sleep.

Read More

Folkestone Harbour development

  • The very plush looking interior of Folkestone seafront's proposed residential dwellingsNew images of plush flats on the Harbour
  • Pictures of the development from a visual impact study have alarmed residentsSeafront plans compared to ‘Benidorm’
  • Folkestone RotundaSeafront plans that never happened
  • Significant progress has been made at the old Folkestone Harbour railway stationProgress on Folkestone Harbour station

“You would not expect to spend a night in Calais without people getting in.”

She added: “People always complain about lorries, but we have to have trucks otherwise nothing will go in the shops. “Nobody thinks about us”.

11ft banner

To pay homage to the lorry park, the former lorry driver of 22 years now stands in front of the derelict site next to the former Onyx nightclub on the seafront every day.

Daily poetry readings paying homage to the lorry park happen daily near the former Onyx nightclub on the seafrontDaily poetry readings paying homage to the lorry park happen daily near the former Onyx nightclub on the seafront

Those walking by will be able to hear her pre-recorded poem from a speaker read by Braveheart actor Alun Armstrong, alongside a white banner with Ms Duly’s poetry scrawled across it. Her initial banner measured a huge 11ft wide, but has since been downscaled after the original one was stolen earlier this month (October 8).

Ziggy Duly says she wants to remind the public how important lorry driver facilities areZiggy Duly says she wants to remind the public how important lorry driver facilities are

The poem ends: “Now the Lorry Park’s gone to make way for houses, our one time safe haven has had its day.

RIP

“Its lay byes for us, or maybe hard shoulders.

Even less space to hide away. “RIP Folkestone Lorry Park – flattened April 2017.

Read More

“We had good times there.” Ms Duly’s poetry reading sessions are part of local art project Folkestone Fringe.

Readings on the seafront are conducted every day from 2pm (weather permitting).

'RIP Folkestone lorry park' says retired truck driver who has written a poem on its closure

A former truck driver has decided to conduct daily poetry readings outside the site of the former Folkestone lorry park to mourn its closure. The concrete site on the seafront provided a place to stay for lorry drivers often travelling from Calais, but come to an end this year to make way for the multi-million pound Folkestone Harbour development.

Ziggy Duly says the Folkestone Lorry Park provided a calm respite for lorry drivers coming from CalaisZiggy Duly says the Folkestone Lorry Park provided a calm respite for lorry drivers coming from Calais

Perceived as a blight on the seafront for some, retired truck driver Ziggy Duly is determined to make the public realise the importance of lorry parks and how the Folkestone site provided a ‘safe haven’ for drivers experiencing the trauma of migrants trying to get into their trucks overseas.

Calais trauma

She said: “I wanted to remind people of the lorry park and how useful it was for drivers. “It needs to be said – no one ever puts forward the lorry driver’s point of view.

The lorry park has now disappeared to make way for the Harbour developmentThe lorry park has now disappeared to make way for the Harbour development

“Folkestone lorry park was a way to get away from all the trauma in Calais, where you’d constantly have your curtains slashed, hear dogs barking and would never get a decent night’s sleep.

Read More

Folkestone Harbour development

  • The very plush looking interior of Folkestone seafront's proposed residential dwellingsNew images of plush flats on the Harbour
  • Pictures of the development from a visual impact study have alarmed residentsSeafront plans compared to ‘Benidorm’
  • Folkestone RotundaSeafront plans that never happened
  • Significant progress has been made at the old Folkestone Harbour railway stationProgress on Folkestone Harbour station

“You would not expect to spend a night in Calais without people getting in.”

She added: “People always complain about lorries, but we have to have trucks otherwise nothing will go in the shops. “Nobody thinks about us”.

11ft banner

To pay homage to the lorry park, the former lorry driver of 22 years now stands in front of the derelict site next to the former Onyx nightclub on the seafront every day.

Daily poetry readings paying homage to the lorry park happen daily near the former Onyx nightclub on the seafrontDaily poetry readings paying homage to the lorry park happen daily near the former Onyx nightclub on the seafront

Those walking by will be able to hear her pre-recorded poem from a speaker read by Braveheart actor Alun Armstrong, alongside a white banner with Ms Duly’s poetry scrawled across it. Her initial banner measured a huge 11ft wide, but has since been downscaled after the original one was stolen earlier this month (October 8).

Ziggy Duly says she wants to remind the public how important lorry driver facilities areZiggy Duly says she wants to remind the public how important lorry driver facilities are

The poem ends: “Now the Lorry Park’s gone to make way for houses, our one time safe haven has had its day.

RIP

“Its lay byes for us, or maybe hard shoulders.

Even less space to hide away. “RIP Folkestone Lorry Park – flattened April 2017.

Read More

“We had good times there.” Ms Duly’s poetry reading sessions are part of local art project Folkestone Fringe.

Readings on the seafront are conducted every day from 2pm (weather permitting).

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