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How your business can take part in the Knutsford Promenades

We’d love Knutsford’s shops, cafes, pub, restaurants and businesses to join in the fun of the Knutsford Promenades. And with just a week to go it’s not too late to act and play a part.

For instance, Knutsford Bloom is filling a wheelbarrow full of flowers to wheel along King Street. knutsfordbloom

Pop Perfumery will be bringing his business down to King Street and, hopefully, leading the battle of the traders’ cries from Princess Street.

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Bars, cafes and restaurants are putting on special menus  – on the Saturday Canvas Lounge  will prepare a special Promenades Hog Roast.

More than 100 young people and adults are involved in bringing the open air promenades to life recreating Knutsford’s history through dance, theatre, music, and art.

And we’re not just talking 18th and 19th Century history – we’re talking recent history such as when Longridge was developed, when the Empire of the Sun was made, even the 1997 Battle of Knutsford Heath

technotype 30cropOne way for retailers to join in would be to have your staff dress up in fashions from the time your shop first opened. For instance, Techno Type is celebrating 30 years in business on King Street. Channel that Dallas-look and get out your shoulder pads for the Promenades!

We want to encourage businesses on Princess Street, in Canute Square, and on Minshull Street to join in. Why not bring your wares out of your shops and be hawkers for the afternoons? Take time out from behind the counter and join the crowds.

Email promenades@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk and share how you will be taking part.

Knutsford Promenades take place on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July from 2 til 4pm when King Street will be closed to traffic and transformed into a giant stage. Bring your business to the Promenades!

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KNUTSFORD PROMENADES BANNER UNVEILED AT HERITAGE CENTRE

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Knutsford Heritage Centre came alive to the sound of music, theatre and dance as it played host to a special Knutsford Promenades open evening.
“It was a very entertaining evening with some excellent performances as people rehearsed their scripts for the Promenades,” said project director Robert Meadows.
One of the highlights was the unveiling of the banners which will promote the event around the town. Pictured with the banner are Robert, second from right, key Promenader Sarah Flannery, third from right, and a few of the people taking part in the event on Friday 5 July and Saturday 6 July.

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Businesses take to the stage for Knutsford Promenades

hardingwattMaking his stage debut as part of the Knutsford Promenades is local architect Andrew Green of Blue Barnacles Ltd.

He is taking on the role of Richard Harding-Watt, the man responsible for creating the town’s unique style.

“I am delighted to be taking part in the Knutsford Promenades and hope my role as Richard Harding-Watt does justice to the man whose eclectic style put the town at the forefront of architectural statement internationally and created an amazing skyline,” said Andrew.

“As an architect, to have a successful building or project you need a receptive client who understands value, design and materials – Richard Harding-Watt was exactly that.”

Harding-Watt’s town centre buildings include the King’s Coffee House (Belle Epoque) and Gaskell Memorial Tower on King Street, and the Ruskin Chambers on Drury Lane.

Blue Barnacles architects is just one local business who has got involved in the Knutsford Promenades,” said key Promenader Sarah Flannery.

“Although the Knutsford Promenades are taking place on King Street, we want to encourage businesses on Princess Street, in Canute Square, and on Minshull Street etc to join in.”

The event takes place on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July from 2 til 4pm when King Street will be closed to traffic and transformed into a giant stage.

More than 100 young people and adults will be involved in bringing the open air promenades to life recreating Knutsford’s history through dance, theatre, music, and art.

“Traders could bring their wares out of their shops and be hawkers for the afternoons; they could dress up in outfits from the year they first opened in Knutsford, and dress their windows in celebration of the Promenades.

Knutsford Bloom plans to wheel a wheelbarrow full of flowers down King Street, and we’re hoping to arrange a battle of the traders’ cries between top street and bottom street,” said Sarah.

Businesses are invited to attend a special open evening at the Knutsford Heritage Centre on Wednesday 12 June from 6.30pm to discuss their ideas for taking part.

Please let project director Robert Meadows know if you can come along to the open evening by emailing promenades@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk or phoning him on 07733295435 or 01606 551453.

Photo courtesy of the Knutsford Guardian

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Let’s show Knutsford’s got talent at special Promenades night

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Forget Britain’s Got Talent, it’s time for Knutsford to show it has talent at a special open mike evening at the Knutsford Heritage Centre on Wednesday 12 June at 6.30pm.

The evening is open to any musicians, readers, actors, singer, buskers, groups, who want to take part in the Knutsford Promenades on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July.

“The open mike night will be part rehearsal for those already involved, and part Knutsford’s Got Talent so people can come along and show us what they’d like to perform during the Promenades,” said Robert Meadows, project director.

“You might like to read extracts from older Knusfordians’ stories who have already shared their memories of living in the town, or perform a rehearsed reading of a short monologue in role as one of the historical figures who lived in Knutsford.”

The Promenades are also looking for musicians, and singers who want the chance to sing in the alleyways off King Street.

“We’re also looking for dancers who can jive, twist and shout their way along King Street,” said Robert.

“Perhaps you have some circus skills that you want to show off to the admiring crowds on the Friday or Saturday afternoon?”

Budding artists are also invited to set up and paint or draw for a couple of afternoons near the restaurants and cafes.

Let the Promenades know that you are coming to the special open mike evening at the Knutsford Heritage Centre on Wednesday 12 June at 6.30pm by emailing promenades@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk or phone Robert on 07733295435 or 01606 551453.

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