Below is our report of the June Market. We didn’t get to the July one because we were away camping.
On the last Saturday of May we had a gloriously sunny day for the Granby 4 Streets May Market and we all had a wonderful time.
In June the 4 Streets Market was effectively part of a Liverpool 8 Festival, with other street-level, community owned events happening in Windsor Street and Lodge Lane, as highlighted by essential Liverpool Blog Sevenstreets.
In fact Sevenstreets called green and lovely Cairns Street, where the Market takes place ‘one of the most interesting streets in the city (its terraced housing-meets-flora and fauna vibe is always uplifting).’ Well said!
And this month the market had more stalls than ever and loads of visitors, many of whom were doing all three of the Liverpool 8 events.
In the middle of the day today, we had a ferocious rain-storm. Which obviously I didn’t photograph, so everything looks sunny and idyllic.
But I thought you might like to see some other parts of the 4 Streets, while we’re here.
Currently around fifty of the houses in the 4 Streets are lived in. With the remainder of the 200 houses empty and bricked up. For many years it seemed likely that the streets would eventually be demolished, against the wishes of local residents. But now, fortunately, a few of the empty houses are being renovated by one developer, linked to a local housing association. And we also now know that all of the rest are going to be renovated over the next couple of years by a developer new to the area, called Leader 1.
But meanwhile, back at the market this month, we had a poet with her own stall. Eleanor visited the Market last month, sat around talking with us all, liked the feel of the place and decided to take part herself this time! Welcome Eleanor!
And the boys, featured over the last couple of months, were also at this Market. Running two stalls this time!
And so the Market settled into its happy rhythm of music and food and buying and selling, and bike fixing and unexpected meetings with old friends. When suddenly, looming over us all, a new presence arrived on the street.
In fact, this new visitor is one of the puppets from Brouhaha International. Come to let everyone know about the carnival they’ll be running in Liverpool in a few weeks time, Saturday 14th July.
And before the giant leaves us?
Next market: Saturday, 28th July, from 10:30am to around 3:00pm, the Granby 4 Streets market, Cairns Street, Liverpool 8.
If you want to donate any items, hire a stall, or just want to know more about Granby Four Streets Market, ring Rosa – 0151 726 9379.
Big thanks to Sevenstreets for the support with marketing this one. And for just generally being there for Liverpool!
And meanwhile, elsewhere in Liverpool 8 on the same day, here’s some of what was happening at the Eco market in Windsor Street. Thanks to Clare from Squash Nutrition for the pictures.