Budleigh Salterton street party could become annual event after inaugural get-together is a huge success

A street party in Budleigh Salterton could now become an annual event after 400 people enjoyed the inaugural community get-together.

The town’s chamber of commerce and Lions club organised the festivities in High Street on July 6.

Residents gathered around 60 tables and enjoyed wonderful weather, atmosphere, food and conversation – with many staying to 10pm.

A Budleigh Salterton and District Chamber of Commerce spokesperson said: “Because of its popularity, this idea could be introduced as an annual event for the people of Budleigh Salterton.

Photos courtesy of Budleigh Salterton and District Chamber of Commerce

“The committees of the chamber and Lions club would like to thank everyone for their support with this new venture. And a special thank-you to all those businesses that supported the event and those people who supported them.”

People enjoyed food bought from local businesses and home and the tables, arranged along the town’s main road, were sponsored by the county and district councils.

Organiser Helen Warren, vice-chairman of the chamber of commerce, and co-ordinators Martin Prew, of Budleigh Salterton Lions Club, and Michael Hilliar, chairman of the chamber, made the idea a reality as  both organisations joined forces.

Photos courtesy of Budleigh Salterton and District Chamber of Commerce

The street was closed to traffic from 4pm, stewarded by Lions members. From 6pm, the people of Budleigh Salterton enjoyed a unique occasion.

Entertainment was provided by the local ukulele band, supported by a mock hobby horse, a Tudor dancing group, Exmouth’s town crier and a lookalike of Sir Walter Raleigh and his wife Catherine.

A successful raffle was held to boost the town’s Christmas lights appeal.

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Photos courtesy of Budleigh Salterton and District Chamber of Commerce

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