COMMUNITY spirit shone through at The Big Lunch in the Garden Quarter last weekend.
Residents turned out in droves to celebrate being part of their neighbourhood at the Garden Quarter Big Weekend.
Saturday’s sports day on Chester Racecourse was a huge success with St Thomas of Canterbury Church beating Cambrian Road 1-0 in the final of the six-a-side football tournament.
Other teams taking part were Bridge Foyer, the Bouverie, Theatre in The Quarter and a second Bouverie team calling themselves Real Ale FC.
Children battled it out in an It’s A Knockout tournament and non-footballers took part in a rounders game.
Sunday’s torrential downpours meant that the Big Lunch, planned for Cambrian Road, was moved to the safe havens of Garden Lane Methodist Church and Sealand Road United Reformed Church. Lunchtime entertainment was provided by The Walled City Jazz Band.
When the sun eventually came out so did the crowds who enjoyed an afternoon of entertainment on a grand Victorian stage on Cambrian Road.
Magician David Alexander entertained the youngsters before handing over his stage to the Dee-Sign choir, Karamba Samba, The Harmonettes and A Handbag of Harmonies.
Competitions included the Pet Parade and Best Fruit and Vegetables.
Jane Wolfe, secretary of the Garden Quarter Association, said: “We made our own sunshine at the weekend! Who needs weather when we have the support of our quite wonderful residents – I think they’d turn up in a hurricane. This is why the Garden Quarter exists.”
The event was supported with funding from Chester Racecourse’s Community Chest.