Search

Thousands of revellers hit Cally Road for massive celebration

16:46 21 September 2012

L to R    THERESA WILLIAMS, SCOTTY CUNNINGHAM, JULIA  JEULIN.Picture by Tony Gay.

L to R THERESA WILLIAMS, SCOTTY CUNNINGHAM, JULIA JEULIN.Picture by Tony Gay.

TONY GAY at tonephote@aol.com

About 6,000 people enjoyed a carnival atmosphere on Sunday when a festival celebrated the people, history and creativity of Caledonian Road.

The Cally Festival, now in its second year, featured more than 150 pitches showcasing local produce, crafts and community groups. It lined a 300-metre stretch of the Islington road that was closed off to traffic.

Performers on three stages also entertained the crowds, as did the Cally’s Got Talent competition which was won by a nine-year-old girl called Megan who sang a song she had written the previous day.

The event was set up last year by community group Team Cally and producer Anya Johnson with support from Islington Council and various sponsors as a way of celebrating the road’s past, present and future, as well as the talents of the many people who live there.

Ms Johnson said: “The festival was the same size as last year, but it was richer in its content. The first year was about getting it off the ground and showcasing an example of what can be achieved, and this year it was about accommodating everybody who wanted to get involved.

“I think the highlight this year was people knowing about the festival before it happened and the sense of progression. People were really understanding and believing in the idea, and there was that feeling that everybody had come together.

“It was described as more like a carnival, as it felt like it had been happening for 10 years or so.”

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 16:58
The England girls line up at the Street Child World Cup

Nine girls who played for England at the Street Child World Cup in Brazil – a team partly organised by Islington Council – are set to spend tonight sleeping rough for charity

Yesterday, 16:02
Cllr James Murray:

A new responsible estate agent run to give people on low incomes a helping hand has been announced by the town hall.

Yesterday, 14:38
Tony Juniper talks at Zen launch event

A green initiative set to pioneer eco-friendly business in heavily polluted Tech City has been launched by the three councils which take in the thriving area.

Yesterday, 13:34
Police cordoned off the scene

A man has dropped dead in a Hornsey Rise park.

Most read news

The family to which Ebola belongs could be as old as 23 million years.

The gaming industry’s answer to the Oscars has dished out its annual awards.

Potential female candidates are already being prepared for the upcoming diocese vacancies in Southwell, Nottingham, Gloucester and Oxford.

Watch the moment the Shadow Chancellor got interrupted by a daring arachnid.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the $m.global.archantvariables.NewspaperTitle e-edition today E-edition