West Ealing Family Day - View From the Inside

David Highton from West Ealing Neighbours writes:

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Luck was with us for the first ever West Ealing Family Day. For once the forecast was wrong and the predicted heavy rain never appeared.

Come 9am and all you could see in Melbourne Avenue and St James Avenue was a flurry of gazebos going up and people hurrying this way and that with tables, food, sound equipment and whatever else was needed to get the two streets set up for a 10am start.

One street along in Leeland Road and the regular farmers’ market was already well under way.
I have to own up and confess I missed the speeches in Melbourne Avenue as the West Ealing Neighbours Abundance stall in St James Avenue with its two apple presses was by now in full flow and people were queuing up for a glass of freshly pressed juice. The craft market, also in St James Avenue, was beginning to attract people and the offer of a free hot drink in St James Church was having an impact as was the relaxing music from Oddfellas.
Back in Melbourne Avenue the gazebos were up, kids were queuing for the facepainters, the food was hot and the entertainment was in full swing.

A big thank you to Michael Sylvester, chair of the local traders group West Ealing Business, who had spent days organising the acts so that shoppers were able to sit and listen to a steel band, watch Bhangra dancers, enjoy some punk, rock and folk music and much more. Our thanks too to the Council for its funding and constant support for this first ever Family Day.
Come 4pm and I learnt a new skill – how to dismantle a gazebo.

At the end of an eventful and enjoyable day I think everyone involved in organising this first ever such event felt it had been a success and felt encouraged to think we can do this again and do it even better next year. I hope everyone who came along feels the same.

David Highton
Chair, West Ealing Neighbours

1st November 2010

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