First Ducie Road street party looks unlikely to be the last

Published on: 30 Jun 2014

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RESIDENTS of Ducie Road in Staple Hill were glad to wake up to a fine dry day for their first street party.

The central section of Ducie Road was closed off by noon on June 15, and out of the houses came tables, chairs, barbecues, salads and desserts. Bunting was strung up across the road from bedroom windows, and balloons decorated the gates and lamp posts. Children were able to play safely in the street, as about 90 people shared food and got to know each other a bit better.

Being Father’s Day, there was quite a family feel, as several residents brought along their extended family to share in the fun. There were even a few family dogs wandering through the crowds and enjoying the crumbs. A large skipping rope and a table football kept some of the children and even the adults busy.

Nicole Roberts, who was inspired to hold a street party after visiting the Eden Project’s “Big Lunch” initiative website, said: “I was delighted that the Ducie Road residents needed no persuasion to put on a street party! Just a date and a time, and on the day everyone played their part magnificently in creating a wonderful friendly, happy atmosphere and gloriously colourful environment. The day was just perfect!”

Anita Dobson, who helped Nicole realise her vision, was pleased to see people of all ages joining in.:“Some of the people on our road have lived here for many years, but others have been here a short time. It’s hard to get to know people when you pass by in a hurry. Now we know each other’s names and a little bit about each other, so next time we meet we will find it easier to continue the friendships. I think it will become an annual event, and we hope other streets will follow suit.”

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