Celebration marks the re-opening of Stoke Newington Church Street

The end of major works to improve and regenerate a key economic and social centre within Hackney was celebrated in a carnival atmosphere when local residents, businesses and visitors came together to officially mark the re-opening of Stoke Newington Church Street on Saturday 10 April.

Bright sunshine and live calypso music by Nostalgia Steel Band greeted hundreds of shoppers who turned up to sample food and drink, and take advantage of the special offers and discounts available form participating businesses including Whole Foods, Yum Yum Thai restaurant, Sunstone Health Club, Hamdys and GK Locksmiths and many others.

Shoppers were also able to enjoy new pavements and other improvements that have helped create a safer, more pleasant and coordinated environment along Church Street.

Other highlights on the day included prize draw competitions; face painting and balloons for children; plus free tours of Hackney’s newly refurbished Stoke Newington Hall.

The event was organised by the Stoke Newington Business Association with support from Hackney Council.

Rosanne Berry, Chair of Stoke Newington Business Association who was joined by council officers and other guests to cut the ribbon to officially re-open the street, said: “It was lovely to see so many people turn up to enjoy the activities and show their support for the businesses in Church Street, which is looking good and is uniform thanks to the Council and the workmen who have done a great job and kept us involved and updated throughout the project.”

The works to improve and upgrade Stoke Newington Church Street started in September 2009 following Council consultation with residents and businesses. They are part of a significant improvement scheme that aims to regenerate the area and promote a safer environment for residents, businesses and visitors.