Buzzing from street festival

A Shrewsbury young persons' charity hosted its third annual outdoor event last Monday for the May bank-holiday. Hundreds of people got involved and came along to make the most of the glorious sunny weather for the Hive's community street festival.

Over 22 local businesses supported the event this year and organisers at the Hive believe it was the best street festival yet!

The day boasted a wide variety of attractions and aimed to provide a free day of culture and arts for local people to enjoy as a family. Highlights included several drumming performances from groups based across the West Midlands - such as Samba drumming, Japanese Taiko drumming and even Dohl drumming from an Indian wedding band accompanied by brass musicians.

Further activities on offer specifically for children throughout the afternoon were arts and crafts sessions, mask-making, T-shirt printing and face-painting. A flash-mob took to the street half-way through proceedings and other attractions were a bag-piper, Henna artist, DJ and stalls. The Maypole proved more popular than ever before too, with lots of people particpating in the tradtional, old-fashioned style fun. The Mayor and Mayoress of Shrewsbury also made a visit.

Habib Malik-Mansell of the Hive said "It sounds like a cliche - but this year's Hive street festival was the best yet! The day ran exceptionally well and we were more than lucky with the beaming sunshine for the day, given the weather of more recent days! We're grateful to all the businesses and organisations who chose to support us this year - it was a great community event all around and one which will definitely return bigger and bolder next year."

Local traders formed an important part of the community event and this year the Hive was supported by Bright Owls language school, Salop Medical Services, Iddys Ices, Eat-Up, DASH Disability Arts, We Are Frostfire, Hennacat and Severnside Housing. In addition to the Shrewsbury Town Centre Residents Association, Slugworthes Candy, Severn Magazine, Jim Hawkins, Chris the Piper, Shropshire Cat Rescue and Battlefield Printing Group amongst numerous others. Two solicitors joined in this year too - both Wace Morgan and SLC Solicitors. The event was supported in part by Shropshire Council through Local Joint Committee funding.

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