It’s stars, stripes and sunshine as Stevenage enjoys a taste of the States

Paige Meglone and James Abrey

Paige Meglone and James Abrey - Credit: Archant

The weather couldn’t have been better for Stevenage’s Star Spangled Summer Streetfest on Saturday.

Sophie Kitchener performs

Sophie Kitchener performs - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people flocked to the town centre to listen to some great live music and take in the day’s atmosphere.

Town centre manager Tracey Parry said: “It went really well. The great weather helped and we ended up with a really big crowd.”

Among the day’s performers were Stevenage-based singer-songwriters Roxy Searle and Mark Sullivan and nine-piece soul band Soul Nine Yards who got members of the audience on the stage to take part in their set.

Warriorz Performing Arts Academy also strutted their stuff with impressive street dance routines.


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And there was an American theme to the day when Camps Hill Community Primary School’s cheerleaders took to the stage complete with pom poms.

Tracey added: “The whole atmosphere in the town was really upbeat. There were some fantastic performances from all of the local acts, who were all doing it for free.”

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There were also lots of independent stalls on the day and all of the town’s traders saw an increase in footfall.

People showed their generosity and helped raised more than £700 for Macmillian Cancer Support – more than three times last year’s total.

Tracy added: “It just goes to show that the people of Stevenage are really generous, especially when it comes to cancer support.

“The idea of the day was to create a buzz around the town centre and encourage people to come and visit because there’s always things going on.”

For more visit www.stevenagetowncentre.co.uk.

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