The party's never over in Over Street

Photo:Celara, winner of the Window Dressing Competition, with her friend Thomas

Celara, winner of the Window Dressing Competition, with her friend Thomas

Photo by Rob Holdway

Photo:Preparing to play pétanque

Preparing to play pétanque

Photo by Henry Bruce

Photo:Investigating the pétanque pitch

Investigating the pétanque pitch

Photo by Rob Holdway

Photo:Party goers

Party goers

Photo by Henry Bruce

Photo:Lots of delicious food

Lots of delicious food

Photo by Henry Bruce

Photo:'This Lady Sings' entertained

'This Lady Sings' entertained

Photo by Henry Bruce

Photo:Demonstration by University of Sussex Kung Fu Club

Demonstration by University of Sussex Kung Fu Club

Photo by Henry Bruce

Photo:Giant building blocks

Giant building blocks

Photo by Henry Bruce

Photo:More of the party goers

More of the party goers

Photo by Henry Bruce

Photo:About to have a bash at the pinyata in the shape of a fire engine

About to have a bash at the pinyata in the shape of a fire engine

Photo by Henry Bruce

Photo:A whack at the pinyata

A whack at the pinyata

Photo by Henry Bruce

Photo:Watching the giant Snakes & Ladders

Watching the giant Snakes & Ladders

Photo by Rob Holdway

Photo:At the Bouncy Castle

At the Bouncy Castle

Photo by Rob Holdway

Photo:General view of the street

General view of the street

Photo by Henry Bruce

Street party, 25th September 2011

By residents of Over Street

Over Street held its fifth street party on Sunday 25th September, shared again with Frederick Gardens and Trafalgar Terrace. 

Window dressing competition and games

The sun shone on tables and chairs brought out into a street decked with bunting and a bouncy castle.  Pirates ruled in the Window Dressing Competition, with splendid displays judged again by Vicky of Paint Pots, who kindly donated her fee for making the trophy tile to the Martlets Hospice. The tile was won by Celara, aged 3¾,  with an enormous map of a treasure island of pirate treats.  Residents enjoyed playing various games, including a giant Snakes & Ladders and Pétanque on a pitch made possible by Travis Perkins.

Food and music

Barbecues sizzled with sausages and burgers from the Brighton Sausage Company and tempting smells came from a huge paella. Indie music by Emily and Justin got the party going. ‘This Lady Sings!’ followed with her infectious mixture of jazz and swing. A table of delicious home-made cakes, a toy stall and a book stall raised £88.93 for the Martlets.

Kung Fu demonstration and other activities

The University of Sussex Kung Fu Club gave a demonstration of Shaolin Nam Pai Chuan, which amazed us all. Prizes were awarded in the Dog Show to the Dog with the Waggiest Tail, the Most Obedient Dog and the Best Turned Out. At the Crafts Stall Pirate Bandannas and Maps of Treasure Islands were created. There was a Pinyata in the shape of a Fire Engine and a Treasure Hunt with clues all along the street. The day finished with a Slow Bike Race and Street Cricket.


The party was again made possible through the generosity of Nick Gorton of North Laine Financial Management, Terry Thomsen and other residents. Very many thanks to them and to all those who attended the planning meetings, baked the cakes, and gave their time on the day to make the party possible.

[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 213, November/December 2011]

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