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Birmingham streets closed to let children play

2013-08-07 21:54:01

Shalana Shaji
Shalana Shaji said she was enjoying the freedom in her

Three roads were closed in King's Heath, Birmingham, so children could experience playing on the streets like their parents used to.

Playday 2013 was held across the UK on Wednesday.

Traffic in residential areas was temporarily banned and children played traditional games on the roads and pavements.

The initiative was started in 2009 in Bristol, by two mothers who wanted their children to "play out".

'This is fantastic'

Four years on, the event has expanded across the UK.

Shalana Shaji, 12, who joined in on her street, on Institution Road, said: "Normally, parents tell you off for messing around, but today there are no cars and we can have freedom".

Resident Chandon Singh, 25, said: "It's really great for the community.

"I don't know half of my neighbours. It is nice to come and meet people".

Alan Grant, 36, and his children five-year-old Jacob, and Callum, three, were drawing with chalk on the road.

"This is fantastic," he said.

"It's really positive for the area. The boys love it".


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