That evening we celebrated with the very first night market at St. Nicks, with live music, theatre and plenty of Bristol Pound trade. It was a beautiful night, with a buzzing atmosphere. The sound of a harp travelled along Exchange Avenue, where members of the Suitcase Sale, sold local treats from washing lines and suitcases.
Inside the glass arcade, music from the main stage echoed throughout the impressive building. Bristol’s singer songwriter, Lori Campbell, started the night off with a great ‘money’ medley, which had everyone laughing and singing along. Outside on Corn Street, people of all ages came to meet some of the Bristol Pound traders. Florists, farmers and furniture makers were a just few of the diverse businesses, which made up the unique market.
One of the highlights of the evening was a hilarious performance from the fantastic travelling clown company Le Navet Bete. People crowded into the glass arcade, to watch the clowns perform their renowned street show Extravaganza. The audience were all in hysterics, as one of the clowns balanced precariously on a giant uni-cycle, whilst another danced around him playing the accordion.
As the sun went down, people still patiently queued for their printed Bristol Pounds. The Old City looked spectacular under nets of fairy lights and coloured beams. People sat outside to eat meals bought with their Bristol Pounds. On the main stage, the Bristol Pound team proudly talked about the project and how amazing it was to see it already working.
The evening’s festivities finished with a good old knees up to sounds of Medicine Creek, a musical trio of Bristol’s finest. The crowd pulsed as people’s feet moved with the infectious gypsy beats. When the music finished, everyone was smiling and talking about the possibilities of Bristol having its own currency.
The whole day was a fantastic start to the Bristol Pound, with thousands of printed pounds already in circulation. But launch was just the beginning, TEXT2PAY is the fantastic Bristol Pound system that is quick, simple and secure, and once you start using it, I can guarantee you will be hooked! So go on spread the word, open those accounts and enjoy spending your Bristol Pounds.