Sewer under Leicester Squ blocked by a four-foot wall of solid putrid fat

Enough fat to fill nine double-decker buses is being removed from sewers under London’s Leicester Square. They had to dig through a four-foot wall of solid fat to get in.

The operation, began in the early hours of this morning and involves a team of “flushers” equipped with full breathing apparatus and shovels to dig out an estimated 1,000 tonnes of putrid fat. This one does’t look cheerful. I wouldn’t be.

See The Independant for more on this great glipse into filth.

I once worked as a Chef Poissonnier (chief fish chef) in the Cafe Royal in Regent Street. I know what used to get poured down the drains then, and Leicester Square is just round the corner. Perhaps some of it dates back to my time.

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