The Roving Mad Hatters of Camden
The Roving Mad Hatters Tea Party set off from Kentish Town tube on a drizzly afternoon last Sunday. We were bedecked in wigs, bow ties, masks and, of course, hats! Accompanied by a dormouse on a teapot we headed into Camden on a Fairtrade mission.
We trundled down Kentish Town High Street first, distributing tea postcards, Big Swap leaflets and TeaDirect teabag samples to shoppers as we went. People were sometimes friendly, sometimes bemused, sometimes keen to stop and chat. You could never tell who would be interested: some promising looking shoppers would swoop by without a glance, at other times aggressive-looking men in hoodies would suddenly break into a smile and nod as we urged them to swap their tea, or teenage girls in big groups would stop to chat about Fairtrade Fortnight. Only the “cool people” never succumbed to our charms, they were sealed away from us behind big sunglasses and loud music pumping through their iPods!
We finished up outside the big Sainsbury’s on Camden Road and accosted the crowds going in and out. By the end of the afternoon we had distributed 300 TeaDirect tea bags and much fun had been had by all.