Street Party July 16th 2011

Hi Folks

We had episodes of torrential rain of biblical proportions. We had the computer used for music and Karaoke crashing beyond repair the day before the party. We had a PA system being stretched to beyond its reasonable capabilities (despite the addition of an extra PA amp). We had a band pull out on us at the last minute. Despite all this, on Saturday July 16th 2011, yet again Elmfield Road showed the world how to hold a Street Party.

Love and respect to all those who helped make the event such a success, especially:-

  • Cliff, Peter, Rob, Paul, Stan and all the people who worked since Thursday on construction of the Marquee (and got up on Sunday after a hard day’s partying to take it all down again). The party could not happen without their sheer hard work and inventiveness.
  • Everyone on the street and beyond that brought out so much drink and delicious food to share. There was such a fantastic range this year.
  • Wildeflower for an amazing live set. Thanks for battling through the weather to get yourselves and your gear to the event and for battling through the PA problems to complete a set that helped get the party started and, maybe, showed us a hint of how we might develop the event in future. Anyone for Elmfield Road Street Festival 2012?
  • Debbie and Dave for organising and hosting the Musical Bingo event. It was a great way of helping people to get talking and dancing together, fitting in perfectly with the whole idea of the street party.
  • Everyone who donated prizes and bought raffle tickets. We get no funding for the event so rely on the raffle and donations to help cover costs. This year it appears we made over £200 on the raffle. I think we should use some of this to pay Wildeflower. They haven’t asked to be paid but really should get something. They made such an effort to play despite the terrible weather and sound problems.
  • All the Karaoke singers for their unique renditions of some much loved songs. I’m sure even those of who liked the original versions of those songs will find it hard to listen to them now.
  • Everyone who worked so hard on the event: for all the weeks of work beforehand and for their work on the day to keep the event running and to clear up afterwards.

We send our love especially to Bob, who insisted the party go ahead as planned at what must be an incredibly difficult time for him. We’re so sad Mavis couldn’t be there to enjoy the party with us.

I didn’t get the chance to take many photos this year. Here are the photos I did take.  If you took photos or video clips that you’d like to share here, please send copies or links or pop them round to 79 on a CD or USB stick.

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One Response

  1. Unclaimed property.

    If you’re missing a fold-up campers chair, rubber mallet, claw hammer or green umbrella, please knock at number 11. If they’re still unclaimed in 12 months you have the chance to win them back in next years raffle.

    Stan, is missing 2 pot/pan lids, he has 2 that do not belong to him and would like his returned.

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