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Carnival all over again
Friday 25th July 1997
by Nicola Clarke
It was carnival all over again when residents celebrated with a lively outdoor procession round the streets of Hulme. The event, organised by the Guinness Trust and Aquarius Community Association, marked the completion of housing at Bonsall Street-Boundary lane and the opening of the new Aquarius building. The 165 homes have almost 100 per cent occupancy by returning Hulme tenants and the project has won RIBA awrds and reached the finals of the Housing Design Awards. The afternoon began with live music by "the Brasshoppers" jazz band. "The music was great," said Ashley Brown, 14. "It's the first time we've had anything like this around here it gets everyone together." Residents and guests then followed the musicians in a lively procession around the streets of the New Aquarius Community Centre, on Eden Close.
To celebrate the opening, a 20ft high work of art was unveiled. The piece, "The Three Ages of Man," by artist Tracey Sanders-Wood, is part of the front wall. Made of glazed blockwork it depicts water being poured from three pitchers. Residents are closely involved in the design and casting of the blocks. The piece has been funded by Kelloggs, Moss Side and Hulme Partnership, The Guinness Trust, North West Arts Board and other corporate "This event is the culmination of more than six years hard work. "It is appropriate thaat today also marks the opening of a new centre for young and old," commented Gaynor Asquith, regional director of the Guinness trust. The building will provide activities for a wide range of ages, including; after school clubs, pensioner clubs, holiday and play schemes, adult education, and tenants' meetings and much more.
PHOTOGRAPH 1: The Brasshoppers lead the way to Aquarius
PHOTOGRAPH 2: Tracey sanders-Wood and the mural