Report by Kay Hill
Photos by Mike Hill and Tim Quy
The Fore Street, Jubilee event was conceived when the High Street traders decided to organise a Jubilee parade which would finish at the top of Fore Street. Then over a pint Jon Quinn and Brian Crawley, two Fore Street landlords, from the George and Dragon and the Prince of Wales respectively had the idea of organising a street party in Fore Street.
The weather the day before the street party was wet and windy, which surprisingly didn't dampen anyone's enthusiasm for the preparation of the party . . . it was all hands on deck. 'I was overwhelmed by the help and support we had from the local residents' said Jon Quinn .The day of the party arrived and incredibly with it came lots of sunshine and Jon in his Union Jack dungarees and Brian in shorts and sandals!
The event, from the beginning, took on a relaxed atmosphere. A place where people arrived to mingle, eat, drink, and listen to the live music. Later in the afternoon the local dignitaries started to arrive including The Ilfracombe Mayor and the Town Crier. In the absence of a stage a red carpet was rolled out on which the local bands played their music, which filled Fore Street with a range of music to entertain the crowd. People applauded and cheered after every song, and even danced to a few!
The local ladies circle, with the help of the brownies, arrived at the event with face paints and produced some fantastic creations - from Union Jacks to wild animals. Volunteers from the RNLI pitched their gazebo and fired up their barbecue at the end of Fore Street, close to the harbour, and spent the afternoon serving bbq food to the masses.
Set up along the lower part of Fore Street were trestle tables filled with a magnificent hot and cold buffet spread, catering for all tastes – from young to old. The food was supplied courtesy of the two landlords, local hoteliers, restaurants and many residents. As well as food the day included a cider festival for the adults, featuring eight real ciders. With a variety of tastes this was a popular addition to the traditional ales being served.
Special thanks went to the local school for the loan of the tables and to the council for allowing the Fore Street road closure. Extra special thanks went to all the local residents who pitched in to help and turned up to support the event.
Everyone was on their best behaviour and created a family community spirit. Even the Queen visited Fore Street and joined the party in the form of a life size cardboard cut out. All in all it was a spectacular day with food, drink, live music, and most importantly fun until late into the evening.
More street party type events are being planned for Fore Street for 2013. See the 'What's On' section of this website for up to date information.