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Volunteers wanted for London’s first Open Streets event

The organisers of a one-day event that will see Southwark Street and Blackfriars Road closed to motor traffic have appealed for local residents to get involved.

Volunteers wanted for London’s first Open Streets event

Open Streets Southwark will be held on Saturday 14 June in Southwark Street and Blackfriars Road. For five hours, two of Bankside's busiest roads will be a car and bus-free zone.

Locals and visitors will be encouraged to find new ways to use the space, including walking, cycling, roller-skating, playing sport, performing and other creative activities – or just relaxing in a comfy chair.

The event has been devised by the Open Street Trust, co-founded by David Love and Alastair Hanton.

The organisers are hoping the event will have a 'Made in Southwark' ethos – and as well as talking to local organisations who might put on entertainment and activities they want to hear from SE1 residents who might be interesting in stewarding or other roles.

Borough, Bankside & Walworth Community Council this week granted a total of £10,000 funding to the Open Streets Trust to help make the event a reality.

Open Streets Southwark is part of a worldwide movement that includes similar events in New York, BogotŠ, Cape Town, Bristol and elsewhere.

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