TV SHOPPING queen Mary Portas has run into a bit of “Barney Rubble” in her new attempt to revive a famous shopping street in London’s East End.
Cockney market traders have branded a forthcoming television bid to save the Roman Road in Bow, Tower Hamlets, as “well meaning” but only of benefit to her own career.
They said she “waltzed” into the area, tried to boss them about with “tired” ideas, then disappeared once the cameras had stopped filming for a show that is due to air later this month.
Two months on, the road is quieter than ever, and one stallholder said: “She bought me a new money belt, but there’s no money in it.”
Ms Portas is currently overseeing a number of high street regeneration schemes, having been appointed a government guru on the subject by David Cameron.
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