by WGGB Staff
LONDON (WGGB) — Crowds are descending on London for the royal wedding, and those people are opening their wallets. However, for some businesses, the influx of people has actually hurt their bottom line.
Final preparations are underway as anticipation grows for an event nine years in the making. In the past week, business owners say their profits have more than doubled. “We are doing more everyday,” said one shop owner. @
This shop about one mile from Westminster Abbey usually brings in about £2,000 a day. Now, it’s £5,000. Other popular items include Will and Kate biscuit tins. Police hats…not so much.
But the economic boost for local shops doesn’t seem to be translating over to local cab drivers including David Bothick “You can normally drive in about five minutes. Now you got to triple that, at least,” Bothick says, who adds that its more pain than a money maker. “It’s what they shut off when they do it. The police will shut everything off. You wont be able to drive. All the paths will be shut around Westminster Abbey,” he says, describing Friday’s traffic.
So for cab drivers like David, the trick to surviving this wedding is to get creative. “You just have to go right ’round. Just go around the place.”
Major crowds are already in the city but hundreds of thousands are expected to show up to catch a glimpse of the wedding couple Friday.
We are told 5,000 officers, including snipers on rooftops and undercover officers, will be providing security at the biggest party London has seen in about 30 years.
abc40 and FOX 6′s Julia Dunn is the only reporter from western Massachusetts in London to cover the wedding. She will bring live reports throughout the week, through the Wedding Day, Friday, April 29.