At 10 o’clock this morning, as the Granby 4 Streets Market opened, the rain stopped. Sometimes that’s just how it is for the righteous of this earth.
Because of course the 4 Streets are on site now.
A photographer takes a photograph of a photographer taking a photograph of a film maker filming. And I take a photograph – of all of them.
But today wasn’t all about me taking smart-arsed photographs. Now the place is on site serious work was going on too.
Doing up the houses just behind her.
Marianne did the architectural work on Homebaked’s bakery in Anfield.
They’re now working on 2 of the 4 Streets – Cairns Street and Jermyn Street.
And the sounds of music too, off the back of a truck.
Sometimes good things can happen.
During the day I talked with Ann O’Byrne, Cabinet Member for Housing on Liverpool City Council. Ann’s a regular visitor to the Street Markets, and we discussed the challenges now being dealt with in doing up the 4 Street’s houses, but how delighted we all are that it’s happening.
Yes, holding Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust leaflets. Well done both!
So a real feeling of partnership going on here now. (And in the spirit of this partnership I confess I didn’t take these last 2 photos, but whizzed them off Twitter. I think someone from LMH probably took them – I can’t be everywhere!)
But talking of the Street Market’s organisers – events like this don’t just happen. So well done for the summer’s work Theresa, Joe, Rosa, Jimi, Gemma, Matt and everyone else who’s helped. Stall holders and musicians too. Because they’ve been happening for over four years now it would be easy to take the 4 Streets Markets for granted. But they have been, and continue to be, a core part of what is happening here. The rebirth of one of Liverpool’s most special places.
I believe there will be a Street Market at Christmas. By which time much work will have happened in the neighbourhood.
For now, well done all. Of the people, by the people, for the people.