The 8th Cornhillers Street Party Sunday 20 August 2017
This year it was decided to move the Street Party to the Restalrig Road end of the Street, and after the Cornhillers Facebook group decided on the date, Itay applied to the council for the license and Morag designed the flyer with the drawing and writing talents of Yasmin (5) and Aiden (9). Phil, Gracie, Yasmin, Itay and Aiden posted the leaflets to all the neighbours, and the posters duly went up.
On the day we decorated the area with balloons, plants, bikes and some bunting. The weather was dry and people helped to set up tables/rugs/chairs and games. Morag had set a face painting area in front of number 24 which was a hive of activity all day with the kids/adult-kids who took the initiative to do it themselves. We had Duplo Lego, Swing-ball, Bowling and a puppet show theatre that proved to be very popular. Cornhillers radio broadcasted the best happy music with intervals for the marvelous locals kids brass band and “Despacito” – Justin Bieber requests.
There was also a real Squash championship and everyone was a winner with a sweetie after hitting the poor butternut squash down with a tennis ball. We had some neighbours from the nearby streets joining us which made the party even livelier. There was also an art activity going on with decorated paper plates, chalk art (Holyrood Boulevard and other stars’ drawing) on the road and a young cartoonist.
The food was amazing with the famous bhajis and spicy sauce, quiche, Thai chicken curry, hummus, couscous salads etc and great home baking: Victoria Sponge, iced lemon sponge, lemon drizzle, cupcakes, rice crispy cakes, tiffin, cookies, and crumbles. At 4pm the sun came out and people stayed on after 6 to blether, feast and play, basking in the warm sunshine.
We all helped to clean up, and were a bit sad that the party had to end.