Know Your Neighbour: Street party celebrates being good neighbours in Sheffield

Residents enjoy a street party on Storrs Road, Walkley, Sheffield.
Residents enjoy a street party on Storrs Road, Walkley, Sheffield.
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People of all ages shared food, drink and good conversation at a street party organised for a community celebration.

The residents, who all live on Storrs Road in Walkley, decided to celebrate after their road was resurfaced by Sheffield Council.

The group decided to take advantage of the warm weather at the weekend by bringing out their tables and chairs and enjoying al fresco dining – while making new friends as part of The Star’s Know Your Neighbour campaign.

Two of those who attended were Helen and David Eyre.

Helen said the party was enjoyed by everyone – children, adults, long-term residents and new faces.

She said: “It was a good chance to get everyone together and for some of the new arrivals in the area to get to know long-established residents.

“We were lucky that our nice new surface is a cul-de-sac so no-one outside it was affected by the party.”

The event was made possible by the generosity of all those who attended – the residents all brought food and drink to share with others – and also the council which gave permission for the party to take place on the street.

Resident Carl Toseland, who has lived in his bungalow since it was built in 1963, said: “We never realised how easy it was to apply for permission, but it was very easy.

“The council was very good and told us just what the process for a licence entailed.”

Carl, who was one of the people who helped to organise the event, said he was pleased to find a lot of his neighbours were excited by the party.

He said: “We approached everyone, simply by knocking on doors and asking them if they would like to be involved, and almost everyone said go for it and offered to assist with the organisation.

“Like many roads in Sheffield, it has quite a steep slope but there is a flat bit at the top and the residents put some tables out with food and drink, decorating the area with balloons and bunting and of course some temporary ‘road closed’ signs.”

The Know Your Neighbour campaign is running in conjunction with our sister title The Telegraph and local radio station LinkFM.

Each month, the campaign focuses on a different theme. In July, the theme is ‘help your neighbour’.

You can help your neighbour in any way you wish, it does not have to be something big, it can be a small gesture.

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