Lower Broughton residents celebrated a well-deserved street party in style as they braved the weather at River View Primary School.
Gordon Street was recently crowned ‘Happiest Street in Greater Manchester’ by Key103 as part of a fundraising event for their charity ‘Cash for Kids’.
Dedicated residents raised £3,193 for the radio station’s flagship charity aimed at helping disadvantaged children in Greater Manchester.
Brooke Vincent, perhaps more familiar as Coronation Street’s Sophie Webster also made an appearance at the party to the delight of those that attended.
The party was originally to be held on Gordon Street itself, but due to logistical issues and also a potential council road closure charge, the party was instead moved to the nearby primary school.
Local resident Keri Muldoon, 41, put the Lower Broughton street forward for the fundraiser, she said: “It went great – we had over 160 people there altogether – there was bouncy castles, and an original Punch and Judy show.
“The kids really enjoyed it – they got pizza from Dominos and cakes too.
“I got a plaque with ‘2016 Winner – Happy Street’ and we raised a lot of money for Cash for Kids.
“If you try the sky’s the limit, it’s just getting people out of the routine that they’re stuck in.”
Fundraising by Gordon Street residents lasted 20 days in July and included activities such as a sponsored silence, supermarket bag-packing and a fun run to name but a few.
The local community was devastated last Christmas after the River Irwell’s banks burst, causing heavy flooding in Lower Broughton, but lollipop lady Keri adds that this party was a great reward for a tight-knit community: “Things like that really test you but we got through it and the community spirit is great here.
There was only one disappointment for Keri, who is a mum of two, she said: “The only downside was that it was only 200 spaces so everyone who helped do the bag-packs and the bingo were automatically added because we wouldn’t have won without them.
“We’d then tried to get as many that had been flooded as possible but we couldn’t get them all in.
She added: “It’s great living round here because we’re now officially the happiest street!”