Manchester City Council

Higher Blackley celebrates 50 years of community centre

The anniversary celebrations for the Higher Blackley Community Centre will take over the local area this Sunday, 5 July – marking half a century at the heart of the community.

The highlight of the community day will see hundreds of local people, community groups, bands and local cadet groups parade through the neighbourhood beginning at midday from the community centre.

The parade will travel along Victoria Avenue onto Tweedle Hill Road, via Bank House Road onto Plant Hill Road, before re-joining Victoria Avenue and finishing back at the community centre at 1pm.

An artwork made for the recent Manchester Day celebrations in the city centre will enjoy a reprise for the Blackley Parade, along with a variety of community groups, including: Manchester Young Lives, SOCIALISE, Blackley Police Cadets, 1832 Air Cadets, Blackley Band and the Higher Blackley Community Association.

But the party won’t stop with the parade and the community centre will be the celebration hub from midday through until 4.30pm.

Live music will provide the soundtrack with local bands, including: The Taylors and the Blackley Band, along with performances from the Blackley Belly Dancers, Tracing Steps and Socialise – and the chance to try Tai Chi.

A range of community and local interest groups will have stalls at the event, where local people can speak to those already involved, learn more about what the groups do and perhaps have the chance to get involved themselves. (Full list in the notes to editors section below)

All of this will also be complemented by a range of food and drink stalls, as well as crafts and games.

Cllr Bernard Priest, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: "On the surface this is a celebration of the community centre being at the heart of Blackley for 50 years – but at its heart, this is also a celebration of every single person that lives in the local neighbourhood and the diversity that comes along with it.

"We would like to invite the whole community to come along and enjoy the free festivities. Bring the family, call on your neighbours and meet some new people. The strength of our communities makes Manchester a special place to live – and that should be celebrated as often as possible."

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