To celebrate the reconnection of the Old Quarter to the heart of St Peter Port, JT have joined forces with Bailiwick Estates and Market Buildings to host the Together Street Party on Saturday 6 July.
This free, family-orientated community summer party will also include the many superb restaurants, cafes and retailers located inside The Market Buildings, in Mill Street and the surrounding pedestrian area.
From 2pm a huge range of Guernsey’s finest entertainers and musicians will bring new life to Market Place and The Old Quarter, and in keeping with the old meets new theme there will be stilt walkers, Punch and Judy, roaming magicians, carousel rides, face painters and much more. JT’s popular Tiki Hut will bring a festival feel to the area and there will be a unique ‘Creation Station’ which will have all the necessary bits and bobs required to make party hats, crowns, masks and other fancy-dress items. Familiar local bands and performers will keep the party atmosphere alive until 9pm.
Free tours organised by professional tour guide, Keith Pengelley of Guernsey Walking Tours will take groups through the Market Area and into the Old Quarter to rediscover and explore the vibrant history that created this iconic area of St Peter Port and bring to life it’s vibrant past. There will also be an opportunity to view the ‘Discovering Guernsey’ short film, made by Susan Lloyd and Spike Productions at the newly opened George Crossan Gallery in the Inner Street.
JT’s Deputy Managing Director in Guernsey, Tamara O’Brien, said: “With Summer finally here we all enjoy a summer party, and we felt this party is the perfect way to celebrate the rejuvenation of our Market which has been the hub of our town for centuries. By coming together, celebrating the new and old we’ll get together show our thanks as a community to the men and women that brought the old quarter into what has become today’s vibrant retail hub.
‘We’ll also have our JT team on hand sharing exclusive offers and providing biodegradable and re-usable giveaways for the families and islanders who join us. We hope to see as many people there as possible for this free community event. Given the beautiful location, we strongly encourage everyone attending to collect and take home their rubbish and leave Market Square litter free, not least in support of the sustainable market in the inner market buildings which is helping us all be more mindful of our impact on our island.”
Sonia Taylor Director of Market Buildings said; ‘‘We are thrilled with the result and look of the new pedestrian street that links the Old Quarter with the Heart of Town. All too often visitors would not proceed into Market Street and onto the adjoining retail and restaurants. Since the completion of phase one, there has been a significant increase in footfall towards the Old Quarter and we believe that the additional directional signage will see this trend continue.
“We are delighted to have teamed up with our generous sponsors JT to plan a magnificent family street party that will celebrate this positive step in linking the old with the present cultural and retail hub of St Peter Port. The free JT Street party is from 2pm till 9pm on the 6 July with activities for everyone to enjoy. We hope that families and adults alike come to help us celebrate and join in the fun of what promises to be a great day for all.”