The May Market: Rain and Inspiration on Ducie Street

After yesterday’s preparations, time for the Street Market itself.
Ducie Street - 1And yes, it was a ‘making your own fun’ kind of a day. “May Bank Holiday weekend? Oh, you’ll want that to be cold and rainy then?” Ah well, we enjoyed it anyway, here on the corner of Granby Street and Ducie Street in Liverpool 8.

Granby 4 Streets Market, this morning on Ducie Street.

Granby 4 Streets Market, this morning on Ducie Street.

Bustling.

Bustling, busy.

And full of curious characters.

And full of curious characters.

Oh and here are Theresa and Eleanor from the Community Land Trust too!

Oh and here are Theresa and Eleanor from the Community Land Trust too!

Beatlife get the drumming going.

Beatlife get the drumming started.

Always feels like the Markets are really getting going for the year when this happens.

Always feels like the Markets are really getting going for the year when this happens.

Brilliant.

Brilliant.

Power supplies are fine this time so there's hot food. We're all going to need it.

Power supplies are fine this time so there’s hot food. We’re all going to need it.

And is there an election on or something?

And is there an election on or something?

Meanwhile the shopping continues. Our most travelled customer.

Meanwhile the shopping continues. Our most travelled customer.

Travels from London to visit friends and family here. Every time there's a 4 Streets Market.

Travels from London to visit friends and family here. Every time there’s a 4 Streets Market.

And remember those fireplaces being made yesterday?

And remember those fireplaces being made yesterday?

One of them's come here.

One of them’s come here.

With Community Land Trust architects Assemble.

With Community Land Trust architects Assemble.

Planning to make another one 'live' during the market.

Planning to make another one ‘live’ during the market.

From gathered up debris from Cairns Street itself.

From gathered up debris from Cairns Street itself.

All the stuff's here.

All the stuff’s here.

But in the end it’s too wet to do the work.

Still the mantlepiece attracts some mugs, just like one would in your house.

Still the mantlepiece attracts some mugs, just like one would in your house.

In between the raindrops the shopping continues.

In between the raindrops the shopping continues.

Screen printing too, from Hannah and her dad.

Screen printing too, from Hannah and her dad.

Eleanor steps up for a go at it.

Eleanor steps up for a go at it.

And produces her own Granby 4 Streets bag!

And produces her own Granby 4 Streets bag!

There are toys for the children.

There are toys for the children.

Many toys.

Many toys.

But soon the rain sets in for good, even on market organisers Joe and Theresa who'd hoped for better.

But soon the rain sets in for good, even on market organisers Joe and Theresa who’d hoped for better.

Still, there's that hot food I mentioned.

Still, there’s that hot food I mentioned to kepp us all warm.

And soon there'll be words of wisdom.

And soon there’ll be words of wisdom.

From Writing on the Wall.

From Writing on the Wall.

These have been running story telling and writing sessions for the Community Land Trust over the past six weeks, called ‘What’s your Granby Story?’ – part of beginning to put together ideas for the ‘Four Corners Project’ on the corners of Granby Street and Cairns Street.

Stories of growing up in Granby.

Stories of growing up in Granby.

Of being here now.

Of being here now.

Curtis from Writing on the Wall tells some of the stories and introduces others.

Curtis from Writing on the Wall tells some of the stories and introduces others.

There is a powerfully beautiful poem from Hazel Tilley read, about years of 'being told how to live' that I'd love to get hold of and share with thousands on here.

There is a powerfully beautiful poem from Hazel Tilley of Cairns Street read out, about years of ‘being told how to live.’

After which market organiser Joe Farrag gets everyone to turn round and wave for the camera and to all of you reading this!

Very happily.

Which they do very happily.

And to pose in front of the delightful mantle piece.

As well as pose in front of the delightful mantlepiece.

As the stories and poetry continue.

As the stories and poetry continue.

From everyone at Writing on the Wall.

From everyone at Writing on the Wall.

Including Maria O'Reilly.

Including Maria O’Reilly.

A great privilege to hear Maria reading her poem for her departed friend. 'Daylight come and I wanna go home.'

A great privilege to hear Maria reading her poem for her departed friend. ‘Daylight come and I wanna go home.’

And do you know? A moment was created there.

And do you know? A moment was created there.

It was cold, the rain was pouring down and the corner of Granby Street and Ducie Street wasn’t the most obvious place to stand on such a day. But I don’t think any one of us would have wanted to be anywhere else on Earth for a few minutes there. We were all in Granby time. Stood there with everyone who has gone and all the new people who will soon arrive. Standing on the corner of Granby’s future.

I’m glad I was there.

One thought on “The May Market: Rain and Inspiration on Ducie Street

  1. jbaird

    What a festival! Wish I could have been there in person, rain or not. The photos tell so much of the story, but nothing can quite capture the fabulous smells and sounds of such an event I’m sure.

    Reply

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