BR Street Party 2018

Yesterday marked another great day for York’s Bishopthorpe Road as it was the 2018 Street Party. The road was closed to traffic and instead filled with families, activities, stalls, music, food and fun. This year, it started with York Against Cancer’s R U Taking the P? 5k run. Supporters lined the streets to hear Berwick Kaler start the race and then cheer runners on as they completed the course. Much merriment followed with amazing music from local talent, as well as the New York Brass Band, who roamed up and down the street.

Children enjoyed the climbing wall, welly wanging, egg and spoon races, tugs of war…and Carve’s Building Bishy Road project. We asked local children what they would like to see on Bishy Road and then asked them to make it out of cardboard. Well, it was BRILLIANT!

Never has a street seen such diverse offerings. From potions to dragons, ninjas to drums and hot dogs, unicorns to sharks, aliens and dinosaurs. Popular choices were sweet shops, pet shops, toy shops and sport shops. There were some essentials; post offices, fruit and veg shops, pharmacies and IT consultants. Local icons were also recreated in cardboard; Pextons (although it now has to compete with IKEA next door), the Swan (located where Swintons used to be because the cardboard road didn’t extend that far), The Fisherman’s Wife (expertly drawn), The Angel on the Green (elevated to first floor level in its proper spot, as the space had already been taken)…and Trinacria, which included the wonderful proprietor, Beppe Lomdardo, waving on the doorstep. We had a fantastic time watching children of all ages be creative and just want to share the experience with everyone. Thank all those who took part for putting their imaginations on cardboard for us all to enjoy!

Setting up our stall


Our first shop! Bishy Road Arts and Crafts


The Street starts to take shape!


Carve sponsored stage at the Bishy Road Street Party


And here’s the finished article!