Lawn mud patch can once again see the light of day, as the huge Centenary marquee has finally come down. The marquee, which was erected barely a year after plans to place portacabins on the lawn caused uproar, has hosted a number of Centenary events during the year.
External events have also occupied the structure, complete with red carpets being rolled out as money has rolled in. Despite the red carpets being out at during the year, the only ones visible as the marquee came down were blue ones, all going straight into a skip.
An application for planning permission tipped off Live! to the portacabin plans, but the eight month stay of this year's marquee managed to slip under the radar: not only was the marquee erected before planning permission had been sought, it has also outstayed its welcome, with permission only granted up to the 15th December.
Those hoping to enjoy the grass in the summer may find themselves in for a shock - although the areas lacking grass are set to be re-turfed, another marquee will arrive in May for the postgraduate commemoration day.