Hope Street Festival
certainly does know how to organise and lay on great and successful
events. It even makes sure that the events can happen in safety for
all participants by closing streets to traffic with plenty of
warning and clear signs. Sunday, 21 September 2008, was a prime
example, when the Hope Street Festival took place. It commenced with
services in the two Cathedrals, which are at opposite ends of the
There was a large and happy all-age
crowd visiting the event. They were thoroughly enjoying themselves
admiring the stalls, activities and refreshments. The locals,
commercial and artistic, were joining in, some with tables and
chairs outside their premises. Some of the food and drinks stalls
were from abroad, some very local and others from across the
country. In the RC Cathedral precinct, there were stalls containing
pictures, photographs, jewellery and clothes.
Among the performers was a stunning
performance by some young people, Kicking Free Performing Arts
School, having returned from a successful time at Pontins. They are
at Calderstone Dance studios, Calder Gym (Tel 0151-281-1827/1388).
There were musicians taking part, two of whom were sitting on the
luggage street sculptures at the end of a side road. Three actors,
among others, dressed in black with top hats, walked around showing
children what was in their shiny, silver tin! There was even a
disembodied head in a box talking to people about free money!
The festival seemed to have everything, some ladies, with a drummer,
dancing in the street, as they moved through the crowd, who got
others to dance with them and a young artist painting a picture on a
hoarding round some scaffolding, even a greengrocer!
Well done everyone. Thank you for
a lovely day out.
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