Between the Raindrops

A wet day in Granby 4 Streets

This was to be the one. Our High Summer Street Market. The one that would warm our memories when the winter comes. The one where we’d sit around as the summer afternoon turned to evening and reflect on what a year it’s been. In the end we laughed and talked and shopped between the raindrops. And do you know what? It was fine.

The morning began bright and warm and with donkey rides in progress.

The morning began bright and warm and with donkey rides in progress.

Then Beatlife officially drummed the market open, as they have done so often this past six years.

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Stallholders continuing to arrive between drum beats.

Stallholders continuing to arrive between drum beats.

A good turnout of stalls.

A good turnout of stalls.

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As the Market fills up.

As the Market fills up.

Bob the Lambanana is particularly well turned out today to welcome everyone.

Bob the Lambanana is particularly well turned out today to welcome everyone.

Homebaked are here, Cathy and Sally Ann.

Homebaked are here, Cathy and Sally Ann.

And Pat on the left there is already texting Britt back in Anfield to bring more pies and bread.

It's going to be a busy day.

It’s going to be a busy day.

So many people here it's taking a while just to walk along the street.

So many people here it’s taking a while just to walk along the street.

To the top end where Tommy Calderbank is running his 'Book Pram.'

To the top end where Tommy Calderbank is running his ‘Book Pram.’

And the jazz is playing.

And the jazz is playing.

As ever the day was filled with music. I was just too busy talking to take photographs of everyone!

Tommy pauses from his arduous book selling to buy a Homebaked Scouse Pie.

Tommy pauses from his arduous book selling to buy a Homebaked Scouse Pie.

Delicious!

Delicious!

Simon O'Brien's also here.

Simon O’Brien’s also here.

In fact Simon plus Ged Clarke from the BBC are here all day continuing to film the ‘Inside Out’ documentary we began on Wednesday. (It’s going to be broadcast late in September apparently.)

And then the rain begins falling.

“While the shower’s on let’s do that filming inside one of the CLT houses,” Ged suggests.

Here we are. First Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust house being finished off this Saturday morning.

Here we are. First Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust house being finished off this Saturday morning.

Ged films the last bits of sanding.

Ged films the last bits of sanding.

Soon these rooms will fill with their new people.

Soon these rooms will fill with their new people.

Several times during the day I do a tour of the 4 Streets for our various visitors, bringing them in here for a quick look as we pass. I am so pleased to able to do so.

When we’ve finished in the house the rain is heavier than before. And the rest of the Street Market day will take place between the raindrops and under as much cover as we can manage.

Tommy here talking with Roger Phillips from Radio Merseyside.

Tommy here talking with Roger Phillips from Radio Merseyside.

Hannah our screen printer is back making her highly prized 4 Streets bags.

Hannah our screen printer is back making her highly prized 4 Streets bags.

Though it's Hannah's Dad seems to be making most of them.

Though it’s Hannah’s Dad seems to be making most of them.

And wet though we get, no one goes hungry.

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Vegans particularly well catered for.

First time here for BettyLicious and her vegan soul food.

First time here for BettyLicious and her vegan soul food.

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Second time here for Fritto Street Food. Roger waiting there for his Panzerotti.

Second time here for Fritto Italian Streetfood. Roger waiting there for his Panzerotti.

And though Rose Olive and son Mark look out glumly on the rain, in truth all went well.

And though Rose Olive and son Mark look out glumly on the rain, in truth all went well.

Though when I got home I had to change out of all of my wet clothes. But am of course writing this up in the late afternoon sunlight! Ah well.

All the Granby 4 Streets Markets are special, every one a carefully crafted occasion. So well done yet again Theresa and Joe for organising this one and to Hazel for much of the music. There’ll be another Street Market the first Saturday of September and then one for Christmas.

 

2 thoughts on “Between the Raindrops

  1. Jeff

    Great pictures, as always, Ronnie. Conveys the happy, friendly atmosphere of the market very well. We’re away for the September market, so that’s our last one of the year, I’m sad to say. Looking forward to next year’s markets already!

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