Seasonal party to remember on Glos RdSeasonal party to remember on Glos Rd

Published on: 19 Dec 2017

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The Gloucester Road Central Christmas Street Party heralded an evening of fun and entertainment when shops and bars held a late-night open evening sprinkled with live music on December 7. 

Cajun Eyez got the party started in full swing - with members of the Pop Up Panto joining in the dancing. The choirs were in such good voice they carried on singing beyond 8pm.

Ken Simpson from the Bristol Pound said: “I’m here tonight to celebrate our independent traders. It’s a commitment to spend those Bristol pounds with another Bristol business or pay their local taxes in Bristol pounds so that we don’t see the money escaping Bristol and going to reside in the Cayman Islands!”

Jane Hunt from Joe’s Bakery was busy handing out samples of their delicious Christmas products: “The Panettone is popular, the Stollen always sells well and the mince pies fly off the shelf. I think we’ll sell about 25,000 mince pies this year, which is 5,000 up on last year and we’re getting a bit of a reputation for our authentic German Stollen,” she said.

Imogen McIntosh was with a team of helpers from refugee and asylum seeker, Aid Box Community charity selling Christmas trees and goods. 

“We became very aware that the struggle for refugees and asylum seekers didn’t end when they arrived in the UK and of the appalling conditions that people were living in here. We provide free donated items to people who arrive with nothing, from toiletries to furniture, practical help and a safe haven,” said Imogen.

Sarah Thorp from Room 212 said: “Our Christmas Street Party was blessed with perfect weather conditions this year and we were thrilled to see so many of our customers, friends and family out on our pavements having a good time.

“One surprise of the night was the amazing Christmas bike which turned up covered in lights complete with illuminated penguin! The Glos Rd Central traders would like to thank everyone who joined in and wish you all a lovely Christmas and New Year.”

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