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Sun shines on Soho Village Fete

Crowds flock to the annual summer street party

07 July, 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya

The famous Soho Waiters’ Race

A great time was had by all at the annual Soho Village Fete on Sunday.

The sun shone down as the community enjoyed the variety of entertainment on offer, from Alpine horn-blowing to the human fruit machine.

The newly-appointed little Mayor of Soho from Soho Parish School rang the bell to kick off the event in St Anne’s Gardens, Wardour Street, and let the festivities begin.

The 43rd annual fundraiser for the Soho Society was complete with a huge variety of entertainment. Performers included the Fabulous Lounge swingers, pupils from Soho Parish School, Ruby Venezuela, a ukulele orchestra and much more.

The human fruit machine 

The waiters’ race saw staff from local restaurants and bars dashing through the streets of Soho. Dressed in traditional attire and carrying a tray with a bottle of champagne, a glass and an ashtray, they sped towards the finish line to the sound of cheering, trying their best not to spill a thing.

Wendy Hardcastle from the Soho Society said: “I spoke to people from Australia, Canada, Poland… and nearer home from Fitzrovia, Marylebone and so on. It was a very relaxed day. The police were getting their faces painted. They had good acts on the stage, they had for the first time a group of women Morris dancers which was enormously popular. The waiters’ race was wonderful as ever. It was so fast and they so enjoy it. Some get past the finish line with virtually nothing on their tray, but at last they are past the line.” It was also a great opportunity to encourage new people to join the society, she added.

Soho tour guide Nika Garrett, who also attended the event, said: “There is always such a great atmosphere and community spirit. It’s Soho at its best! My daughter’s favourite is the snails race and she is overjoyed her snail won this year. We also love human fruit machine and spaghetti-eating competition.”

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