Event review: Croydon’s Summer of Love Festival


By - Friday 30th June, 2017

Fifty years after the Summer of Love, Croydon celebrates in Wandle Park


Photo by Peter Ball, used with permission.

Croydon’s Summer of Love festival was Andrew Dickinson’s idea.

Photo by Fluid4Sight, used with permission.

When he’s not hanging loose, he manages events in Wandle Park and organises recycling and re-use services for the borough.

Sunnie Sarah.
Photo by Peter Ball, used with permission.

Captain Paul Watson.
Photo by Peter Ball, used with permission.

He decided that Croydon should mark the anniversary by having a community festival.

Photo by Liz Sheppard-Jones, used with permission.

Photo by Peter Ball, used with permission.

On Saturday 17th June the festival commenced and some amazing dancers showed up.

Photo by Fluid4Sight, used with permission.

Groovy sounds from the bandstand…
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…made by Croydonian singers…
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…and instrumentalists (Rob Wilson and Liam Cordray).
Photo by Peter Ball, used with permission.

Good vibrations were enjoyed.

Photo by Liz Sheppard-Jones, used with permission.

Not to mention far-out food and drink from Hoodoo’s.

Photo by Fluid4Sight, used with permission.

Everyone came together.

Photo by Liz Sheppard-Jones, used with permission.

Croydon poured on the sunshine and went with the flow.

Photo by Liz Sheppard-Jones, used with permission.

Peace and love.

Peter Ball with Liz Sheppard-Jones

Peter Ball with Liz Sheppard-Jones

Peter Ball moved to Croydon three years ago. He's a mathematician and former full-time communard hippie, architectural draftsman and planning technician for the Peak District National Park. Nowadays he's a partner in a translation company and a computer consultant. 'Quite conventional and boring sort of bloke', although his description of himself, is not the view of others. Liz Sheppard-Jones is a member of the Citizen's editorial team whose views are personal, not reflective of editorial policy.

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  • Andrew Dickinson

    Thanks for the write up Liz and Peter. Thanks to all the team that made it happen: Pura Aura, Hoodoos, DJ Chico (Luke Hemment) and Broken Circle. Shall we have a Summer of Love 2?

  • blath8@googlemail.com

    What an absolutely FANTASTIC festival! Thank you Andrew for being the brains behind it all, and thanks to everyone who helped you to make it happen. Yes please for Summer of Love 2 :-)