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Fun at Amwell Street fête on 10th anniversary

Street celebrates 10th anniversary of festival

06 July, 2018

Emilia Baker with her grandmother Fionuala Baker serving up lemonade 

NEIGHBOURS and business owners in Clerkenwell came together to mark the 10th anniversary of a summer festival born out of adversity.

Amwell Street fête delivered all the traditional fun of the fair, including a bouncy castle, face- painting, home-made lemonade stand, a much-loved dog show and community stalls.

Josephine Robinson on the cake stall

A few unusual events were thrown into the mix, with the day starting with a free yoga class. Performances by Mariachi King,

who arrived on stage in authentic costumes, showcased a repertoire spanning popular Mexican melodies and Latin American favourites.

One of the organisers, Margaret Lamont, from Great Percy Street, reflected on how the get-together first came about.

Amwell Society’s Catherine Brighty and Jane Wainwright

“In 2008, it was decided to sell off 220 community properties to the highest bidder and our community was put in a property war with developers,” said Ms Lamont, who has worked at Amwell Veterinary Practice with

husband Dale Bartar for 21 years. “We worked on it for a couple of weeks and managed to get it overturned with 3,000 signatures.

“We wanted to say a big thank- you to everyone for pulling together, so we organised this fête, and it’s been running ever since.”

The event, sponsored by Brownings Garage, Amwell Veterinary Practice and other retailers in Amwell Street, celebrated the reopening of the George and Monkey pub, which shut more than five years ago.

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