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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
29th March 1979 Caryl Churchill's Cloud Nine, premieres in London
29th March 1959 Born today: Marina Sirtis, London, actress (Troi-Star Trek: The Next Generation)
29th March 1871 the Albert Hall was opened by Queen Victoria.
29th March 1869 Born today: Edwin Lutyens, architect, London
Parking Meter R.I.P.
London's Last Coin Parking Meter - Now A Thing Of The Past
Location: Warwick Street, Westminster, W1S
Description: Central London's last coin-operated parking meter was removed on Thursday May 7th 2009, more than 50 years after the machines were first installed.
The removal of 4,000 machines started in 2007 after motorists began to pay for parking via mobile phone or credit card.
At a short ceremony at Warwick Square the Town Crier of Westminster, Peter Moore, will formally announce the end of the traditional meter.
The cashless parking scheme has been introduced by Westminster Council as a convenient alternative to carrying around pockets of change.
Danny Chalkley, of Westminster council's transport section, said: 'Coin-operated parking meters have had a long and distinguished history in the capital that stretches back more than 50 years.
'During their heyday they were an iconic fixture on the capital's streets and have played a vital role in shaping the development of modern parking services.
'However, it is now time for us to look to the future by embracing new and superior technology and consign these out-dated machines to the history books.'