South City ready to party

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THE “longest table” will be set up down the middle of Elles Rd as part of South Alive’s annual South City Street Party.

Beryl Wilcox, a member of the organising committee, said the popular party was “an opportunity for the whole community to come together” and celebrate.

The extensive table could be used by people to eat at, or to meet up with other people and have a chat, Mrs Wilcox said.

As well as the usual attractions, new events this year will feature at least seven buskers, including acoustic musicians, a violinist, singers and singer/songwriter Emma Wells. Most buskers will perform outside the Southern Pawn Brokers on Elles Rd, while the others will take up spots throughout the street party.

South Alive community development co-ordinator Nikki Aaron said everyone was invited to the street party, which would be held on Elles Rd and Martin St, South City.

Into its fourth year, the two streets in South Invercargill (Elles Rd, from Grace St to Janet St, and Martin St, from Elles Rd to the end of the shops) will be closed to traffic from 5.30pm so people can wander freely throughout the shopping area and check out the variety of fun, family events. The party will run from 6pm to 9pm.

Although about 1000 people normally turned up every year, organisers were hoping for double the number this year.

To add to the street party atmosphere, there will also be a variety of food trucks set up in the United Video car park.

Other entertainment will include a traditional chocolate wheel, steampunk teapot racing, a unicyclist, disc golf, a demonstration by a marching team, dances by an “international women’s dance group”, two fire appliances for the children to get their photos in and an extensive kid zone in Martin St.

Artist Ewen Anderson’s exhibition will be on show at the South Alive Community ArtSpace Gallery at the rear of the South City Mall.

The South City shops will also be open, with in-store specials and competitions.

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