Following on from the huge success of the VE Day celebrations, the residents of the old Kwik Save Estate in Irlam came together over the Bank Holiday weekend by hanging up brightly coloured bunting and balloons and having a social distancing party in their front gardens, bringing joy, laughter and good old fashioned community spirit to the estate.
Karen Poole (pictured with family) a resident on Sandywarps said, “Since lockdown the residents on the estate have defiantly grown closer together, supporting their neighbours more and forming new friendships. On a Thursday when we clap for carers, neighbours stand out, have a chat and just talk. It’s so lovely to see everyone coming together.”
The Bank holiday party also coincided with the last day of Mental Health Awareness Week. Karen added, “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on all our lives and for many of us our mental wellbeing has been affected. The coming together as an estate community on the Sunday, gave people a chance to be in touch with others, chat and support those who needed it. This situation is temporary and we will come out the other side of this, fitter and stronger.”
Eleven-year old Leon Hilton (pictured) and his family joined in by decorating their garden in rainbow colours. Leon also made a ‘What’s your lock-down name’ game for neighbours to play. Leon’s mum Steph said, “We feel it is really important to support each other in these strange and testing times. The Street Party really helped to remind us all that we are not on our own.”
Whilst Mel Jeffery added, “A fantastic day had by all whilst observing social distancing measures. The street looked fantastic with all the balloons and bunting. Well done everyone.”
The residents have already begun to plan a huge end of lockdown party when it is safe to do so.