Crowds enjoy Magdalen Street Celebration’s display of diversity, creativity and sustainability

Magdalen Street Celebration. Stromm perfoming for the crowds.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Magdalen Street Celebration. Stromm perfoming for the crowds.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A celebration that calls itself Norwich's 'liveliest street festival' lived up to its billing on a day when organisers celebrated a £10,000 lottery grant to set up a year-long community project.

The sixth annual Magdalen Street Celebration saw samba, soul and ukuleles entertain hundreds of people under the St Crispins flyover, while belly dancers and storytellers lifted the mood of shoppers in Anglia Square.

Saturday's event, which showcased diversity, creativity and sustainability, also set children the task of tracking down six yellow tea pots hidden in the area, and included fully-booked walking tours exploring the history of the district.

Freya Pedley, who lives nearby and brought her children Heidi, four, and Albie, two, to the Anglia Square stage, said: 'The kids loved the music, and immediately we walked in they started dancing.'

Geraldine and Tony Waring, from Heartsease, came to the flyover stage to listen to the Invidia Voices choir.

Mr Waring said: 'I think it's friendly. It's a nice big crowd, and there's a lot for the children.'

Stuart McLaren, secretary of the Magdalen Street Celebration committee, said this year had seen more shops in the street take part in the fun, with some vintage stores transporting visitors back to the First World War and 1960s when they adopted historical themes for the day.

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He said: 'The weather has been challenging, and we had a lot of rain in the morning that was not forecast, but the crowds started to come in the afternoon and there's a very good feeling in the main stage area, and lots of smiley faces of people enjoying the music.'

The lottery grant, from the Awards for All programme, will focus on food and walking, and organisers asked people who came to the celebration what they would like to see included.

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