Hoole Autumn Street Festival took Hoole to new heights of cool.
Young and old were bathed in sunshine as they perused stalls and enjoyed live music, chatting, eating and drinking – whether it be a tumbler of juice or a glass of wine.
The handmade hot dog and burger stall was a particular hit but for the more adventurous there was cuisine from around the globe including the Caribbean and Spain.
People were dancing in the street in Chester’s mini version of the Notting Hill Carnival.
Linda Hobbs is a member of the aptly-named Notting Hoole organising committee.
Explaining what the day was all about, she said: “Last year Hoole won Best Newcomer in the Great British High Street Awards. There was a lot of call for us to do a street event. We did that last May.
“Everyone really enjoyed it. We weren’t going to do another one, it was a one-off, it was a celebration.
“But we had that much call for it we decided to have another one, today. The stallholders were impressed. The community were impressed. And that’s why we’re here today. That’s what it’s all about, bringing the community together but also highlighting Hoole and what we have to offer.”
Born and bred in Hoole, Linda was forced to 'emigrate' to Upton in search of a four-bed house but says: ‘My heart belongs here.”
Why is Hoole is so special?
“You can’t put your finger on it. It’s just a magical feeling when you walk into it and everyone knows your name. All the shopkeepers know each other. Everyone working together basically. It’s just this lovely warm feeling – it’s like a great big hug. You walk in and it’s like ‘Hi, this is us, this is where we are and what we do’.”
Hoole ward councillor Angela Chidley praised the organisers for giving the community spirit an invigorating 'boost’.
She said: “I’d just like to thank the Notting Hoole team who have put so much hard work and hours in. Months of work goes into these things and it’s a brilliant turn-out. They deserve a big thank you.”
Cllr Chidley said the atmosphere was infectious. People who had just moved into the area were asking her ‘How do I get involved?’.
Hoole has put itself forward for the Great British High Street Awards once again but this time for the ‘Best Local Centre’ category and will find out mid October whether the community been short-listed after the judges have visited.
Gareth Bigmore, from Northwich , went along with daughters Violet, six, and Ruby, three, to support mum Linda, a keyboard player in The Continentals, who performed.
He said: “It’s been really good. My wife’s playing in a band. It’s great for the kids and there’s lots of food stalls.”
Simon Puckey, from Hoole, who was with his 10-year-old step daughter Freya, thanked the organisers. He said: “Hoole is quite middle class compared to how it used to be but it’s good they have brilliant things like this.”