Carnival fever at summer event

Katumba and Brouhaha kicked-off Summer Streets with a drumming and carnival parade
Katumba and Brouhaha kicked-off Summer Streets with a drumming and carnival parade

Carnival fever came to town as a summer event hit the streets.

Thousands of people visited a sun-kissed Church Square in St Helens on Saturday for the annual Summer Streets event.

Bruce Airhead entertains the crowd

Bruce Airhead entertains the crowd

A large drumming and carnival parade by Katumba and Brouhaha got this year’s event underway, before visitors were treated to free entertainment from top artists and attractions from the world of comedy, music, acrobatics, dance, magic and theatre.

Unique acts throughout the day included the bloomin’ great ‘Grow your Own’; ‘Anyone for Tennis?’ A hilarious but thrilling one set of tennis; cabaret, dance and acrobatics from ‘L’Hotel – and a comedy show from ‘Bruce

Airhead.’

Elsewhere around the town centre, acrobatics group Black Eagles, roaming interactive theatre and dance group, ‘Bodyguards’ – and walkabout stilt walker acts the Hungry Chefs, Treemendous and Make Up, brought in the crowds.

Visitors gather for a 'Grow your Own' show

Visitors gather for a 'Grow your Own' show

Visitors also enjoyed live music at a small acoustic stage, courtesy of the

Citadel Arts Centre, in collaboration with Jamm Studios.

Town Centre Manager, Gary Maddock, who managed the event, said: “After months in the making, it was rewarding to see such a strong turnout at this year’s Summer Streets event.

“The glorious weather was certainly an added bonus, allowing the thousands in attendance to enjoy the fabulous free family entertainment on offer, even more.

“Over the past two years we have seen an increase in the number of visitors attending our town centre events and have some great events coming up in the next few weeks.

“The hugely successful Vintage Fair in St Helens Town Hall and Classic Car

Show in Church Square and Victoria Square both take place on Saturday 10

September.”

St Helens town centre provides a great range of high street stores and independent shops, quality restaurants, pubs and bars. Easily accessible car parking can be found at Chalon Way Car Park and throughout the town centre.

For more information about what’s happening in St Helens, please call 01744

676740.

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