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Neighbourhood spirit in Connah's Quay grows after TV show

Published date: 16 January 2014 |
Published by: David Humphreys
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AN event to improve togetherness sparked by a moment in the limelight on national TV was attended by dozens of keen neighbours.

People living from Uplands Avenue in Connah’s Quay were invited to the town’s council offices on Fron Road to begin what they hope will be a lasting legacy of community spirit.

Locals from the avenue featured in a documentary aired on ITV earlier this month which highlighted an apparent lack of friendship on the long road through the town.

Film-makers got neighbours from the street–  some of whom said they had never before spoken to each other – together for an ice-breaking party.

Now participants in the show and others living in Connah’s Quay got together again for the first time since the documentary was filmed in October.

Council chairman Andy Dunbobbin attended the gathering and hopes to cement the new-found community bonds with regular meetings.

He said: “About 30 residents turned up. We raised £140 in the raffle and the town council promised to match it, which we did.

“I’m sure there will be another one. I want to make it more of a regular thing.

“We had a suggestion box put in place so people could tell us if they wanted any  changes to be made in the town. We will have a look through them soon.”

During the programme is was revealed that one family, the Rodaways, had been dealing with 11-year-old son Ethan’s rare liver condition.

During the gathering a cheque for the £280 was presented to the family by the council to help aid Ethan’s recovery.

Ward member for Uplands Avenue, Cllr Ian Dunbar said: “It was an excellent event, well turned out. We had Chelsey and Chris Bayliss there, who set up the ITV show, as well as the Rodaways.

“It wasn’t just neighbours from Uplands Avenue, we had people from all over Connah’s Quay as well as dignitaries like Lord Barry Jones.

“There was quite a good chat and people have said they would like to get together again and continue this.

“We’re going to see how far we can push it.”

Alyn and Deeside AM Carl Sargeant attended the event.

He said: “I would like to congratulate the town council on going the extra mile to engage with the community.

“It’s great to see so many people getting to know each other and even better that this drive to capture community spirit has led to a family who are struggling with a very difficult situation receiving extra help.”

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