What’s the connection between the current programme of refurbishment work at Teddington Lock, at the head of the tidal Thames, and the 1970s cult TV comedy Monty Python’s Flying Circus?


Were the workmen at Teddington all doing silly walks?

Were they dressed as old ladies?

Or did they have a dead parrot?

No, the answer relates to this famous Fish Slapping Dance sketch…

The building at Teddington Lock – where contractors ECS have just been refurbishing the public toilets, installing environmentally friendly lighting and heat insulation, upgrading the staff quarters with new showers and improving disabled access – is the self-same building that appears in the background of that Python sketch.

Check the picture above and then watch John Cleese and Michael Palin in action in the 1971 classic.

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