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The Motcomb Street Party celebrated its 26th Anniversary yesterday evening, with an estimated 5,000 visitors squeezing the length of the street and enjoying a fantastic atmosphere of music, dancing, local food and champagne.
Hosted by The Motcomb Street Traders Association, the Motcomb Street Party has raised an impressive £1.5 million for the various charities it has supported and this year the proceeds went to the Household Cavalry Foundation, the Chelsea Community Hospital Schools and the Intermission Youth Centre.
As the street closed at 5.30pm, the party began, with many of the boutique shops keeping their doors open and inviting people in. At the far end of the street the Pantechnicon was busy (as usual) and offered a brief repose from crowds beyond the barriers. Meanwhile, “The Forgers” (as seen on TV) rock and indie cover band warmed the crowds up with a selection of popular covers.
There was a great family atmosphere — indeed, many were coming straight out of Waitrose and joining in the fun. Food stalls lined the street with food and drink from the local businesses and sponsors. Waitrose were selling cupcakes, The Park Tower was pouring champagne, Motcombs had opened their doors and were serving drinks and hog roast, The Rib Room were carving their famous roast beef, and if you still had room for dessert (as many evidently did) then Rococo Chocolates was still open.
The auction began on the main stage at 8.00pm and included some unique opportunities and desirable items. Fashionistas could bid on a poppy corset donated by fashion designer Diana Dias-Leão, a Herve Léger dress with a personal style and colour consultation, and a pair of Steigers iconic Monte Carlo shoes with their original design drawing by Walter Steiger. Also under the hammer were golf lessons at The Knightsbridge Golf School, a weekend for two at The Belgraves Hotel and dinner at Mosimann’s private dining club, a day of hair and beauty at Gianni & Claudie, lunch with Terry Venables and Philip Lawless, and day with The Household Cavalry at their Knightsbridge barracks.
Amid the crowds roamed many celebrity lookalikes, with the best being a Captain Jack Sparrow who looked so much like Johnny Depp that we nearly asked for an autograph, a man dressed up as a tiger, and a sea of colourful wigs and lively clothing. Meanwhile, the famous Stayin’ Alive Bee Gees tribute band were playing on stage performing timeless classics such as ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ and ‘Night Fever”.
As we were (sadly) leaving, ex-Stars In Their Eyes performer Rob Lamberti — the George Michael tribute act —had just come on stage and was performing heart-felt renditions of ‘Faith’ and ‘Club Tropicana’. The crowd in front of the main stage was singing along, waving champagne glasses in the air (instead of lighters) — where else but Motcomb Street?
We would like to say a big thanks to The Motcomb Street Traders Association for hosting another great event. For more information please visit www.motcombstreetparty.co.uk.
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