An announcement on the new name of the square in Stretford Town Centre is one of the many, many attractions at the first edition of a free festival in the town.

Trafford Council leader Tom Ross is to make the announcement at the first edition of The StretFest at Stretford Mall and its surroundings on Saturday (July 6).

The shortlist (Enriqueta Square, Hibberd Square, Lloyd Square) is the result of residents' suggestions and the winner is the result of a public poll at The Mall and on social media. 

The rest of the residents' suggestions, of which there were hundreds according to Trafford Council, are to go on display on the day of the free festival and for 10 days afterwards.

Developer Bruntwood's Head of Retail and Leisure, James Tootle, said: "We are bowled over by the number of suggestions for 'Name the Square'. It was fascinating to read the suggestions it showcased how passionate people are about their town centre. 

"It felt right to display these ideas and so we are delighted that this is a people-powered exhibition that tells the story of the area's rich past, present and future. And of course we are excited to reveal the name of the square – named for and by the people."

(Image: Bruntwood)

The StretFest is split into a number of zones across Stretford Library, Stretford Public Hall, St Matthew's Church and Victoria Park as well as The Mall itself. There is a range of activities for all the family all of which are in an online programme available now and a physical programme available on the day.

The Stretford Town Centre Forum, a collaboration between Bruntwood, the council, and community groups such as Friends of Stretford Public Hall and Friends of Victoria Park, is behind the free festival.

The chair of the Stretford Town Centre Forum, Andy Simpkins, said: "It is incredible seeing the first StretFest come together and we are looking forward to a fantastic day."

For information go to or @TheStretFest on social media.

This article was written by Jack Tooth. To contact him, email or follow @JTRTooth on Twitter.