Banner drop from Shell forecourt roof
Hell on earth
Raising the flag
Despite it being a blockade I think we managed to avoid alienating passers-by and residents. Lots of reasons for this I suppose, but I would definitely say that the decision not to use lock-on gear helped, as did the presence of kids and young people from the local area who joined in the flyering and holding the banners. Thus a good mixture of defiance (shutting the place down) and 'open solidarity' (anyone able to join in and take part in the solidarity action).
I also think that the location worked in our favour. A high street in a residential area - as opposed to busy central shopping district - just seemed to have more resonance, in terms of my own feelings (somewhere I'm living myself, not just passing through) and I reckon also with those who took an interest in the action.
So generally a good response from the public I'd say, with plenty of passing motorists who were jamming up the high street actively taking an interest by winding down their windows and asking for a flyer.
Only real thing I'd say that could've been better was to have had a stall laid up closer to the action. This would have perhaps created a space for people to feel more comfortable about approaching, hanging about and browsing literature (which people always seem more likely to do if you've a table laid up). On which point, if a stall had been prepared then a wider variety of literature could have been made available (on radical politics more generally and local workers' struggles in particular). Obviously this is a minor hindsight point and certainly didn't detract from a great action.