Video: 20’s Plenty street party

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A party to ‘celebrate the street’ has prompted dozens of residents to come out and enjoy the sun in Cleveland Road, Whyke this afternoon (Sunday 30).

The party is in aid of the campaign 20’s Plenty, which has led to a 20 mph speed limit being introduced on residential streets throughout Chichester.

Enjoying at rest at the 20's Plenty street party

Enjoying at rest at the 20's Plenty street party

The mayor of Chichester Alan Chaplin is set to unveil the speed limit signs later this afternoon.

Among the activities were a cake baking competition at cake close, a flower arranging competition in flower way, a memory lane quiz and the chance to try out a tandem on tandem terrace.

Sarah Sharp, who began campaigning in January 2010 and has since led the group, said: “We are so pleased with how the day is going. It is lovely weather and everyone looks like they are enjoying themselves and there are things for all ages to do.

“The event is to make the street part of our culture again.

“We voted for 20 miles per hour - and this - right here - is what we want our streets to be like. We want them to be fun and friendly places where you know your neighbours and your children are safe. We don’t all know the people living on our streets but we should.

“We are privileged to live in friendly streets.

Charity Stonepillow had even set up a stall.

Residents, who have lived in the area were being encouraged to write down their memories of Chichester’s streets to see how the area has changed.

Families also had the opportunity to get creative down art avenue and jaunt down amusement alley and craft crescent.

Jessica Pate was running a collage, so children could create their own street.

“They are all enjoying gluing and sticking and we’ve had rainbows and flowers,” she said.

Children were out on bikes, hula-hooping and chalking on the street. There was also a 20’s plenty stocks so wet sponges could be thrown at any one who fancied a cool down.

There will be a big balloon launch at 4pm this afternoon.