Conservatory and a marquee are convivial spots for polling stations in Peterborough

Margaret Jones and son Neville in their conservatory/polling station

Margaret Jones and son Neville in their conservatory/polling station

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A sprinkling of voters in the Peterborough area have today cast their ballots in polling stations set up in a number of unusual venues.

While thousands of us will nip into community centres or schools to vote, others can enjoy more convivial surroundings.

Denham Hughes and Jan French at the Golden Pheasant, Etton, marquee polling station.

Denham Hughes and Jan French at the Golden Pheasant, Etton, marquee polling station.

Take for instance the 251 voters in the hamlet of Wothorpe, north of Peterborough, and part of the North West Cambridgeshire constituency.

They will cast their votes today in the conservatory at the home of Margaret Jones at The Spinney.

Mrs Jones said: “It is a lovely thing to do.

“It is a chance for some of the people to say “hello” to neighbours and even meet newcomers.

Some even ask if they should bring a bottle of wine for the evening.

Margaret Jones

“We even get people who arrive to vote and then pop into the house for a tea or coffee.

“Some even ask if they should bring a bottle of wine for the evening but, of course, on this occasion we have to decline.”

Mrs Jones has been allowing Peterborough City Council to use her conservatory as a polling station for general, city, parish and European elections for seven years.

She is the presiding officer and runs it with the help of her oldest son Neville (33).

Farm office at Deeping Gate, which has become a polling station.

Farm office at Deeping Gate, which has become a polling station.

She says it is the ideal location as there is good parking space and easy access - ideal for people of all ages.

And her conservatory seems to appeal to the voters.

She said: “We have a steady stream of voters.

“We always get a good turnout - often above the national average.”

But it is not the only unusual spot for a polling station.

In Deeping Gate, Peterborough, a farmer’s office at Newstead Farm has been converted into a polling station and for voters in Etton, a marquee has been set up in the grounds of the Golden Pheasant.