Residents turn out for Hackney Central Day

The streets of Hackney took on a party feel on Saturday (September 17) as people turned out for Hackney Central Day.

Wilton Way, which is fast becoming Hackney Central’s ‘go to’ place for street parties, was partly closed to traffic while people enjoyed a range of entertainment including the best looking canines (and their owners) taking to the red carpet for a dog show; the Hackney Colliery Band performing funky brass band versions of modern pop classics and a Come Dine with Me style contest where people brought along a dish to share.

David McHugh, who owns businesses in Wilton Way, said: “It’s been really good – throughout the day there were hundreds of people that came along, it seemed to be a hit. “

Linda Curry, of Daubney Road said of the street party: “It’s been great, really good. Its events like this that help to bring people together and raise awareness of the kinds of businesses we have locally.”

Along the street at St John and Hackney Church, the grounds was transformed into a market selling everything from homemade jams and relish to African ornaments to children’s clothes all to the background sounds of drumming and jazz piano.

Nearby along the Narroway: theatre, juggling and giant board games kept children amused while during the rainy periods, there was a chance to make your own comic strip at Hackney Museum, and visit the historic buildings of Sutton House and the Hackney Empire - where the Robert Levy Foundation held their annual community event.

Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe said: “It was heartening to see so many members of the local community and businesses take part in the day, which highlighted just a small section of the great cultural and business offer, the forthcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games and great community venues we have here in Hackney. Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved in making it happen.”

Hackney Central Day was the first day of activities that went under the banner of We Love Hackney Weekend. Hackney One Carnival took place on Sunday, bringing the borough’s streets to life with spectactular costumes, energetic dance and uplifting music.

Photo captions: Various images from Hackney Central Day.