Getting Ready: In Granby 4 Streets

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Yes, there will be donkeys again!

It’s the August Street Market, yes August already, this Saturday. And in Granby we’re getting ready.

Old friends...

Old friends…

Like Homebaked...

Like Homebaked…

And Diane Jensen will be there.

And Diane Jensen will be there.

Plus new ones, arriving all the time these days.

Like Fritto Street Food, who were such a hit at the July Market.

Like Fritto Street Food, who were such a hit at the July Market.

A newcomer promised for this time is Bettylicious Cooks, promising Creole Soul Food. So for these and our other food suppliers sake, don’t have a very big breakfast before you arrive!

See you there for the food, the music, the goods on sale and, of course, the quality of the conversations.

See you there for the food, the music, the goods and crafts on sale and, of course, the quality of the conversations.

Obviously all of this takes a good deal of preparation, and the people of Granby have been running these Street Markets all through the spring and summer for 6 years now. But it’s not all that’s going on.

With so many houses on site now we’re all busy anyway. And then our architects, Assemble, get surprised with a nomination for the Turner Prize for the work we’re all doing together, and the world’s press turn up to talk to us. Recently we’ve had media visitors from France and New York, on Friday someone from the Observer.

This week BBC North West have been here.

Plus this week BBC North West have been here.

Simon O’Brien and Ged Clarke making a short documentary for ‘Inside Out’ to be broadcast later in September.

And they'll be doing some filming at the Street Market too.

And they’ll be doing some filming at the Street Market too.

So they’re here with our blessing and permission. But if you yourself don’t wish to be filmed on Saturday just let Simon, Ged or me know and that will be fine.

Meanwhile building works of course continue.

Meanwhile building works of course continue.

And this week the biggest crane ever seen on Jermyn Street has been with us.

And this week the biggest crane ever seen on Jermyn Street has been with us.

Regular readers might in fact remember this particular crane. Yes, it’s ‘Yellowy’ from ‘The Story of the Giant Cranes’ earlier this year.

Doing a great job in a very tight space.

Doing a great job in a very tight space.

And gratefully filmed by Ged's camera.

And gratefully filmed by Ged’s camera.

Watched over by some of our Biennial Pigeons.

Watched over by some of our Biennial Pigeons.

Lately a few people, builders mostly, have been asking me what these pigeons are all about? Well they’re from a couple of Liverpool Biennial art festivals ago and are currently being cared for by our Joe Farrag, one of the main Market organisers. And Joe has got into the habit of putting the pigeons in places where important work is taking place or where we want to attract good luck or investment. And call it mystical superstition if you like but they seem to be working and bringing us what we need!

Someone else who's been very good for us is Ann O'Byrne, now the Deputy Mayor. Here being interviewed in Beaconsfield Street for the BBC film.

Someone else who’s been very good for us is Ann O’Byrne, now the Deputy Mayor. Here being interviewed in Beaconsfield Street for the BBC film.

And here Lewis Jones, from Architect's Assemble.

And here Lewis Jones, from Architects Assemble.

Talking about our 'do it yourself' attitude for the film.

Talking about our ‘do it yourself’ attitude for the film.

Sitting at one of the tables in Cairns Street where so much good work and conversations have gone on these past few years. And behind them? These are the Community Land Trust Houses.

And they are nearly ready for new members of our Granby community to move into.

And they are nearly ready for new members of our Granby community to move into.

We are now mere days from completion. At last.

We are now mere days from completion. At last.

So when you come to the Street Market on Saturday we may look a little tired and need to sit down a bit more than usual. But we’d love to see you and are more than delighted with how things are going.

Getting ready. Getting ready for the new people to move in. At last.

And you are coming to the Market aren’t you?

Otherwise we'll have to send the boys round.

Otherwise we’ll have to send the boys round.

Only joking, you'll be very welcome!

Only joking, you’ll be very welcome!

Granby 4 Streets Market, 10:30am to 3pm Saturday August 1st, Ducie Street, Liverpool 8.

And more details just in from market organiser Theresa MacDermott:

Granby 4 Streets Market – music and murals!

“The next Granby 4 Streets Market will be on Ducie Street this Saturday, the 1st August.  The paintings on the bricked-up windows are looking great and we will have live music to create the special atmosphere the market is known for.  It is set to be one of the best yet as we welcome two new bands who will play folk music from around the world, along with our favourite drummers “Beatlife” and DJing by Ivan the Russian.

There will be stalls selling hot food from different continents with everyone catered for: meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans.  Visitors will also be able to see the new art installation – a homage to the four nominees for the Turner Prize, created by Joe Farrag, one of the activists in the area and a member of the Community Land Trust (CLT).  “It’s an outdoor exhibition made from everyday materials and household objects”, he says, “ a light-hearted, but respectful, representation of the work of all four artists”.

The market continues to grow, and there are bargains to be snapped up – this is the place to be on the first Saturday of each month.  Bring the family, have a donkey ride, enjoy some homemade popcorn  and soak up the atmosphere.”

Granby 4 Streets Market, 10:30am to 3pm Saturday August 1st, Ducie Street, Liverpool 8.

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