Community unites for Mayfest

May 29 2015

HUNDREDS of local folk hot-footed to Gloucester Road Central's pavements last month, to celebrate its annual Mayfest.

HUNDREDS of local folk hot-footed to Gloucester Road Central's pavements last month, to celebrate its annual Mayfest.

The highly attended event, hosted by traders and businesses along the strip of high street, kick-started the week-long 'Our Community' festival, organised by the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership.

Those attending Mayfest, held on May 2, enjoyed an array of food, drink, live music and creative activities.

Traders showcased their wares on to the pavements, alongside guest vintage pop-up stalls, Billie Jean clothes and Vaguely Vintage clothing.

Local band Grupo Ritmo also made an appearance, as well as Uncanny Creations, which offered needlefelting to youngsters.

Joe's Bakery provided its popular biscuit decorating workshop, plus a prize draw to celebrate its 25 years in business. Giles Butchers filled hungry tums with its BBQ, while Millard's launched its new ice cream business.

Community groups such as Friends of Horfield Common, Friends of St Andrews Park and the Golden Hill Community Garden gave out information about their activities, and Life Cycle UK and Travel South West informed locals about bike riding and other modes of sustainable transport.

Avon Wildlife Trust also launched their 'My Wild City' campaign, giving out wildflower plugs and encouraging people to get growing in their gardens.

Bishop Road was closed to traffic, allowing space for a tea cup ride, a cake stand and face-painting from All That Glitters.

Bishop Road's Community Choir and the Bristol Folk Singers gave rousing performances of summery songs, while Mr Gotalot – Bishopston's celebrity puppet – hosted a dress up tent for the kids.

Mayfest was rounded off with the arrival of Jack in the Green and his band of musicians and dancers, which stopped and performed in the street.