‘...perhaps Somers Town can claim, more than most neighbourhoods, to have retained its village flavour. The Housing Association has stressed for fifty years that need to preserve a community. Our flats are only part of a larger neighbourhood, and the Somers Town Festival had drawn these parts together in mutual enjoyment of a united effort.’ - Margaret White
‘When I started, the advice worker, Shelia’d put the tea on and all her friends would come in. I remember this lady coming in whose father had died - demanding a proper funeral for him ‘no way he’s getting F** pauper’s funeral’ she said in choice language. So we raised a huge sum - they got a great Leverton’s funeral- a traditional Somers Town do.’ - Ken at Inquire
Plot 10 becomes an all-year round centre with gardens, adventure playground, pit for open air plays, festivals with African Drum bands, Pub Pram Races, carnivals, and an open air mass takes place, with a tea party for 600 children, a fancy dress parade and disco.
Community activist Alan Patterson and Steve Denholm kick off a new Festival of Cultures under the Somers Town St Pancras Arts (START) in 1997. Partly a response to a racist tensions exacerbated by the media after a murder, they aim to ‘bring people together’ and have a strong belief in community. Performers include Alexei Sayle, Madness, the Gurkhas, and Tibetan Monks, as well as scouts, ever popular Funfair and Pearly kings and queens.