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History Now: Ochil Gardens Street Party
A new tradition was born in the Dunning enclave of Ochil Gardens on Sunday, May 25.
Ochil Gardens, off Perth Road, is a T-shaped street and so contains two cul-de-sacs. The result of this layout is that residents of either end, though they share the same street address, rarely pass each other.
The idea of the Ochil Gardens Street Party organisers was simply to have residents meet socially, many for the first time. The model came from the people of Romangate, another Dunning cul-de-sac, where for several years a summer street party has been held.
The plan worked. Over 60 Ochil Garden residents and visitors, from as far away as Beijing and Bearsden and of all ages, brought their own food and drink. Patio chairs and tables were lined up together in a long 'refectory' fashion. Somebody suggested it looked like the dining hall of Hogwarts in Harry Potter. There was no flying about, but lots of wandering between tables and the three busy barbecues. A tannoy system poured out a variety of the music people brought.
The gods who control the weather smiled, the day stayed dry, and the party went on from late afternoon to midnight. As people left the party, the feeling was unanimous: this has to be held again next year.
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