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Party celebrates Horsham Avenue's 100th birthday
Neighbours joined together to celebrate their road’s 100th birthday with a street party.
People living in Horsham Avenue, in Friern Barnet, closed the street, got out the bunting and picnic tables to celebrate the anniversary of their road being completed in 1914.
This year’s event follows a successful street party for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and featured live musical performances, table tennis, tug of war, Indian dance display and a balloon release.
The day festivities broke for the big street lunch with neighbours sitting in at tables in the middle of the street for food.
Pam Collins, who helped organise the party and has lived on the street since 2006, said: “This is a really great community event for the whole street.
“After the party in 2012 we were really trying to find an excuse to do another one. Some of the older residents reminded us that it would be the streets 100th birthday so we thought it would be a great chance to have another party.
“It’s been great fun to organise with all the meetings in the build up.
“The first party I think really helped a community spirit in the street grow. I think events like this are really important for the street and to help build that sense of community.”
Paul Ward, who has lived on the street since 2002 said: “There is a real togetherness on the street and you do feel part of a community.
“I think it is certainly something people have to work on and people have to want. It doesn’t happen by accident.”
At the street party was a history gazebo with a display of historical pictures of the street and pictures from neighbours from their time living there.
Among the visitors was Chipping Barnet MP Theresa Villiers, who had the chance to meet Hazel Amore, 89, who has lived in Horsham Avenue since 1926.
Ms Villiers said: "It was great to be able to join residents at their street party. Events like this are an excellent way for neighbours to get to know one another. I learned today that it was the Diamond Jubilee prompted an annual party in Horsham Avenue after their jubilee street party proved to be so successful.
"I was delighted to meet representatives of the Friern Barnet and District Local History Society who had two stalls at the event. As the country reflects on the centenaries of World War One events over the years ahead, it is good to look at our local history as well.
"It was an honour to meet Hazel Amor today and hear about past times in Horsham Avenue. I would like to thank all those responsible for organising today's very successful party for inviting me along."
Horsham Avenue is part of the White House estate, which started life from 1860 onwards after the construction of the Friern hospital in 1851.
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