East Street in Bristol is one of the city’s most colourful high streets. Though Bedminster locals will point to the many changes that have occurred over the years, it has retained much of its traditional feel.
Many of the independent shops to line the street are no more, however, and the shuttered units have increased in number over recent years – but the area has kept much of its character and there are plenty of personalities helping to keep the place vibrant.
Multiple housing developments are being built in the area, bringing thousands of new residents, and the influx will guarantee change.
The developments have received a mixed response, with some neighbours welcoming the investment they will bring, while others are concerned that the changing demographic could drive out the remaining businesses – some of which locals have depended on for decades.
In May a £10m plan was unveiled to future-proof the street, which supporters said could be delivered in the next five to 10 years.
Bristol Live met some of the familiar faces and characters that you might bump into during a trip to East Street, many of whom expressed hopes of a brighter future after a difficult period during the pandemic: