Last Sunday I headed to the Hall markets and on the way spotted what appeared to be a street performer at the Dickson intersection of Northbourne and Antill – in the middle of Northbourne next to where the southbound traffic stops at the lights.
He was wearing red stockings on his legs, arms and head (giving the impression of being an animated shop dummy) and tailored shorts, shirt, suspenders and bowler hat. He held an old suitcase in one hand and a tea cup and saucer in the other. I think there was something written on the suitcase but I was travelling in the wrong direction to see it.
When I returned from Hall it was a few hours later and he was gone and I did not think any more of it.
However, he was there again this morning; this time much earlier in the day. Same spot, same get up, same gesturing and playing up to the traffic stopped at the lights. I had hoped to get a photo but on returning less than an hour after first seeing him, he was gone again.
It didn’t appear he was advertising anything, just being entertaining, but I think it shows some commitment to whatever the cause is to be there two different weekends, at different times. Does anyone know the story of the red man of Dickson?