OK, we’re a bit late with putting finger to keyboard about it, but the official Roll for the Soul launch party took place last Friday night, July 12. We blame the heat. It’s made us slow. But nonetheless, quite some party it was, so we’ll tell you about it anyway.
T’was another baking summer’s day and by early evening an expectant crowd had gathered in anticipation of music, merriment and a mayoral visit. The tables were full by the time George Ferguson arrived to cut (split) the ceremonial ribbon (bike chain). After a little coaching from RftS staff (!) the chain was broken and the cafe, workshop and hub declared officially open. And not a moment too soon.
The evening progressed with swingin’ musical entertainment provided by Phil (guitar, vocals) and Tommo (clarinet), who got toes tapping and fingers snapping. They’re just two of the many musicians who’ll be appearing in the cafe and hub during the coming weeks and months. We’re going to need plenty of entertainment to fill that Tour de France shaped hole.
As the sun began to set, soundboys and close friends of RftS Will, Scott and James raised the temperature inside, orchestrating a tricycle sound system takeover. Playing classic rocksteady, soul and reggae, the newly built three-wheeled wonder ensured that the project was launched in fine style. By closing time the assembled crowd had to be ushered outside to continue the party on the pavement. Reclaim the streets!
And so the saga begins. To all those who made this possible, past, present and future, we thank you. Chapeau!