The sun shone down on residents and visitors Saturday, on Stoke Newington Church Road, as they celebrated the re-opening of a newly revamped high street, with music, food and drink, children’s entertainment, prize draw, special offers and discounts from local participating businesses.
It officially reopened after five months of road works that saw Church Street receive new pavements and resurfaced road way, in a continuing effort to regenerate the area.
Live music was by Nostalgia Steel Band, who perform regularly at the Notting Hill Carnival notably played on Big Brother Live 2006. Whole Foods Market distributed chocolates, strawberries and alcohol free champagne. Sushi was courtesy of Oishiii.
Other highlights include a prize draw £100 hamper from Whole Foods and voucher worth £50 from Yum Yum Thai restaurant, face painting for children and balloons.
There was also open house with free tours at the newly restored Stoke Newington Town Hall.
Steve Douglas, Corporate Director for Neighbourhoods and Regeneration said: “Our investment in Church Street has created a safer, more pleasant and coordinated environment. This is an ideal opportunity for people to visit a key economic and social centre within Hackney, and enjoy the improvements that are sure to benefit residents, businesses and visitors alike.”