Make Sunday Special review by Fishponds Voice columnist Anna Blightman

October 07 2016

The Make Sunday Special event took place on September 11 in glorious sunshine across two locations in Fishponds. And what a

The Make Sunday Special event took place on September 11 in glorious sunshine across two locations in Fishponds. And what a

day it was! Not only did the weather make the day amazing but the hard work and dedication from many of the local residents really pulled the event together to make the Sunday truly special.

From early on Sunday morning the team of organisers and volunteers were down in Fishponds Park and over on Beechwood Road setting up stalls, erecting marquees, ensuring stall holders had power, settling the bands and performers in, and bringing in hay bales. Most importantly, this was all done with huge smiles plastered across faces!

At midday the event opened up to the public, and in they came. From all walks of life and all corners of Fishponds, visitors young and old came out to celebrate the local area, support local businesses and crafters and to join in the festivities. Cheery volunteers were distributing free goody bags to the first 200 guests into the park, which included over 50 vouchers from local businesses, an “I heart Fishponds” badge, pens and other promotional goodies. Along Beechwood Road the food stalls did a roaring trade with Indian masala selling out by 1.30pm, to which they prepared a brand new curry, Mission Pizza selling out of pizzas and Dayzeeks cooking and selling an entire goat! The Wetherspoon’s Van Dyke Forum set up a very popular hot dog stand, making a donation to the event with their profits. From an acoustic set from buskers which had stallholders and the public dancing in the street to graffiti boards for visitors to express their creative talents, there really was something for everyone.

In Fishponds Park children were invited to contribute to the designs of the soon to be renovated play area using Lego with the Friends of Fishponds Park, and conveniently situated behind them was the beer tent from The Star for adults!

Andy Ford kicked off proceedings on and around the main stage introducing the event and a Taekwondo performance. Riff Raff choir were up next and were pitch perfect with their rock and pop covers. 

Later, the stage held one of the most impressive performances seen in Fishponds to date - Bristol Metropolitan Academy’s performance of The Lion King was outstanding. Proud parents and proud residents watched with admiration as the children performed their songs. A truly remarkable moment!

After 4pm the focus moved into the park and onto the stage, as the bands starting performing. Red Ray & The Reprobates got the crowd dancing with their toe-tapping Americana country music, followed by Hey Bulldog who cheered everyone on with covers from The Kinks, The Beatles and other acts from the 60s and 70s. A raffle ensued which managed to raise more than £500 and included some fantastic prizes.

As the day turned to evening the bands ramped it up on the main stage, with both George and The Dragons and Marvin and the Gayes playing to a receptive audience, several of whom got their dancing shoes on and made it a night to remember.

The whole event was a huge success and plans are already in place to start talking about the next one. The day was run as a not for profit event and all money raised has gone to cover costs.

Fishponds, you truly made Sunday Special!’