Chandos Road Festival draws a record crowd in surprise sunshine
Dramatic storms and driving rain on the morning of Sunday 23 September threatened a wipe out of this year’s Chandos Road Street Festival, but a surprising improvement in the afternoon weather resulted in the largest turn out that there’s ever been for the annual event.
In the end the traders and organisers of the Chandos Neighbourhood Association were rewarded with a dry and sunny afternoon and a whole host of visitors looking to shop and enjoying the entertainment.
After 45 mph winds and driving rain were predicted for Sunday’s event Alastair Watson, Chair of the Chandos Road Traders Association and co-owner of restaurant No Man’s Grace, took the decision on the Friday before to cancel the big stage and seating due to concerns about safety.
He said: “I was braced for nothing to happen at all but we had an amazingly good day. We put the bands in the bars and as the weather improved put some acts in the street and on the restaurant terrace.
“Hundreds of parents and children came out to join in. I think they were keen to get outside after being kept in all weekend by the bad weather.
“The traders nearly sold out of everything! It was such a lovely festival all round. There is a great partnership between the traders and the community in the street.”
The bands delighted the crowds, the puppet show kept the children entertained, there was face painting and an array of stalls. And of course, yummy offerings from the many cafés, bars and restaurants that line the street.
Cheers to Chandos Road for handling it all so brilliantly!