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Crowds Celebrate in Style at Elwick Place’s ‘Party at the Piazza’

On Sunday, 7th May, in celebration of the King’s Coronation, Sideways Media, the local marcomms agency recently appointed by Elwick Place, hosted their very first event held at The Piazza at the centre of Elwick Place.

The event, which ran from 12 – 3 pm and was FREE to attend, included a host of children’s craft activities, such as a ‘Make Your Own Crown’ station and Coronation themed colouring. Children were also invited to have their faces painted for the occasion by talented local face painter Polly’s Party Art.

The Coronation dress-up station proved popular among families, who dressed up in character to have their photographs taken on Elwick Place’s Coronation Throne, designed and created specifically for the event by the team at Made in Ashford. Families who took photos were invited to tag @elwickplace on social media for a chance to win a bundle of exciting Elwick Place prizes, including Ashford Picturehouse tickets, Leo & Sage goodies and Matches Match Box hire.

The afternoon was brought alive with music and included live performances from locally recognised bands, The Rec and Into the Rose Garden, who serenaded the crowds, followed by a showstopping performance of Six! the Musical from the Towers School Performing Arts department.

Elwick Place’s resident gym, Snap Fitness, provided a fitness challenge for those who dared to take part; café Leo & Sage served delicious homemade Italian gelato and Pimms, while Ashford Picturehouse provided samples from their in-house menu, including chilli squid, buttermilk chicken burgers and jackfruit kebabs.

Other significant moments from the event included a visit from local MP Damien Green who joined in the celebration, sampling food, watching the performances and meeting local visitors. Commenting on the event MP Damien Green said: “It looks great here, it is fabulous to see Elwick Place full of atmosphere and busy again. Elwick Place is so important to our town centre and there is great scope for other events here in the future.”

Other visitors added: “Thank you all so much for putting on today’s event, it has been wonderful! We have seen Six! In the West End and the performance today was vocally as good! We’ve had a brilliant day.” And: “Can you keep this music going all evening? We’re visiting, opened our curtains this morning in the Travelodge and have stayed here eating and drinking all day! What a fabulous event!”

Commenting on the event Samantha Ready, MD Sideways Media, added: “Elwick Place’s Piazza is just the perfect outdoor events space in the heart of Ashford. Today has been a real celebration of local talent, the local businesses who call Elwick Place home, and of our local community who really got into the spirit; dressing up, waving flags and toasting the occasion with a glass or two of Pimms!”

Party at The Piazza was the first activity in a calendar of new events at Elwick Place which will see the hosting of its inaugural food festival in July and the entertainment centre transformed into ‘Elfwick Place’ for some festive family fun later in the year.

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