The Northcote Road Summer Fete, Sunday 12th July 2015, Northcote Road, Battersea
What? The Northcote Road Summer Fete
When? Sunday 12th July 11am-5pm
Who? The Northcote Business Network, with support from the Clapham Junction Town Centre Partnership and Wandsworth Council
Where? The bars, restaurants, pubs, cafes, shops, traders along the length of Northcote Road
Why? An event which brought the local community together in the heartland of Nappy Valley and celebrated Battersea’s favourite area !
The Northcote Road Summer Fete hit Battersea’s famous shopping street to the delight of the residents, families and visitors on Sunday.
The event kicked off at 11am and was in full swing and bustling with people and activities straight away. The whole street was closed off to traffic; the usual buses and cars were replaced with market stalls, a stage, a big screen to show the Wimbledon final, ping pong tables and fairground rides!
The highlight of the day was the Wimbledon Men’s Final which was shown on the big screen in the mouth of Bennerley Road. Despite Andy not making the final, an impressive crowd gathered to sit on the ‘hill’ to enjoy a Pimms and watch the close match between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
Children flocked to the classic chair’o’planes and teacup rides, while the giant Astroglide at the very south end of the street remained a firm favourite and was the centre of attention among the adults too! Passengers could choose to slide down one of the three lanes whilst admiring the view of the bustling market below.
The stage was live and kicking with acts throughout the day that got the crowd moving to the likes of Orquesta Estelar with their cuban classics, and relaxed into some yoga with Sweaty Betty. The variety of dance acts had children and adults alike crowded around to join in and admire the talent, we were mesmerised with classic ballet from Fancy Footwork and fresh moves from Be Dance. Lunch was followed by a 20 minute body blast from local olympian, Kate Haywood from Straightline Fitness that had the crowd sweating! The action on the stage closed with our headline act, the Lavender Hillbillies who finished with a good old fashioned ‘knees up’.
Around 150 stallholders were spread across the whole length of the street, selling everything from antiques to furniture, children’s clothes, jewellery and trinkets, to champagne and oysters. These were in addition to the permanent traders who opened up and took part in the proceedings.
The total raised for the event’s official charity partner, the Battersea Arts Centre, was over £500. The BAC team were joined by Eddie Catz to create a playzone within Chatham Hall and adults and children could play on the tombola to win an impressive selection of prizes which were kindly donated by stallholders and traders of Northcote Road. The money raised at this years summer fete will work to raise awareness and funds for this local charity who suffered a large fire in the building on Lavender Hill, earlier this year.
The event was brought to you by The Northcote Business Network, headed up by chairman Jonathan Dyson from Hamptons. Jonathan says “we are pleased to have once again welcomed so many visitors to Northcote Road for another successful summer fete. The wonderful atmosphere and the smiles on childrens faces make the huge amount of work put in by so many dedicated people worthwhile. Roll on 2016!”. The summer fete was supported by the Clapham Junction Town Centre Partnership and Wandsworth Council. Please join us in thanking the principle sponsor, Estbury Basements.
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