Hundreds of residents attended the first People’s Day to be held in Tottenham Green Leisure Centre.

The event was a colourful celebration of the local community and gives dozens of groups and individuals the chance to showcase their services in various stalls and demonstrations. There were also areas for tea and coffee, cake stands, a tombola and even the chance for free massages.

“I feel part of the community at events like this and it’s a good opportunity to get to know your neighbours”

“I feel part of the community at events like this and it’s a good opportunity to get to know your neighbours,” said Tottenham resident Irene Scanlon, there with her friend Bridget. “It’s been a very interesting day and I’ve been finding out lots about stroke prevention through exercise.

“It’s a really good opportunity to meet people and say ‘Hello’,” said police constable Ellie Ward, there with the local Safer Neighbourhood Team. “We’ve been offering locals some crime prevention advice and giving them some tools and tips to make their houses safer.”

A good number of those attending were members of the Haringey Pensioners Action Group – Tottenham & Wood Green Branch. Its chair, councillor Sheila Peacock, was the driving force behind this year’s People’s Day.

“It has been a great success,” she said. “The People’s Day is all about showing the community what’s actually for them in the borough because lots of people don’t know what is actually available to them. So I’ve got Spurs here, Haringey Employment & Skills Team, MIND, Studio 306, Living Under One Sun, Haringey Advice Partnership…the list goes on and on! I hope this will become an annual event at the leisure centre and the staff here have been magnificent.”

One of the most eye-catching stalls was that of the People’s World Carnival Band, manned by co-ordinator Sally Sturgeon, resplendent in a white and red headdress and red feather boa!

Sally Sturgeon wearing a white and red headdress

“I just love events like this,” she said. “As shown today there is so much going on in the community and Tottenham is such a brilliant place for that. And not enough people know about our group – we are Tottenham’s best kept secret! – so it’s great to tell people more about us!”

Find out more about the band at: www.pwcb.org.uk (external link)

Learn more about Tottenham & Wood Green Branch of the Haringey Pensioners Action Group at: www.twgpensioners.wordpress.com (external link)