Infusion of enthusiasm at Caribbean Carnival of Manchester

Infusion of enthusiasm at Caribbean Carnival of Manchester

The Miller Homes team was delighted to be involved in this year’s Caribbean Carnival of Manchester this month which was a huge success for the community.

More than 35000 people attended the two day event and our Infusion development in Moss Side took part in the spectacular community parade with a float bedecked with a colourful Infusion banners and supporting dance troupe.

We were there to enjoy 48 performers wowing the crowds on two stages as well as 24 dance troupes showcasing the best of reggae soca and calypso music.

The appeal of the Miller Homes’ Infusion gazebo was boosted by the ‘Wall of Fame” display that featured people associated with Moss Side and had made their mark on the world stage. Celebrities like Simon Webbe of ‘Blue’ athlete Darren Campbell Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy rock group the author Anthony Burgess and the suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst and more. It proved a great attraction with locals even adding their own suggestions of names for inclusion.

New homes at Infusion caused a positive reaction too. People found it hard to believe that a newly converted Victorian terraced house could cost from just £69965 with equity loan of up to 30 per cent.

Infusion is a big boost for the Bowes Street area in Moss Side helping to create a new community in this regeneration zone. The renovated and converted terraced homes have been extremely popular with homebuyers – 52 of the 71 properties have been sold in a little over 20 weeks.

In addition to the exceptional array of Caribbean music food and fun this year’s carnival was also tied in with a Heritage Lottery Funded event known as Project ’81 marking the riots which took place in Moss Side in 1981and the positive changes which have taken place in the community since then. Emmerdale actor Chris Bisson who is leading the campaign invited a number of celebrity friends to the event to help raise its profile including a number of Hollyoaks stars. Overall it was a hugely successful and enjoyable weekend. Well done to all those involved especially Mickey Bisson (Chris’s father) the Carnival’s organiser.

by Carolyn Walsh Project Manager - Miller Homes