Philip Flop

Blog about Northallerton Street Angels by Philip Flop (September)

Hi! My name is Philip Flop for reasons that you will soon find out about. But first of all what is a Flip Flop on which my name is based.

This is what Wikipedia says “Flip-flops are a type of open-toed sandal, typically worn as a form of casual wear. They consist of a flat sole held loosely on the foot by a Y-shaped strap or thong that passes between the first and second toes and around both sides of the foot. The name “flip-flop” originated from the sound made by the slapping of the sole, foot and floor when walking. This style of footwear has been worn by the people of many cultures throughout the world, originating as early as the ancient Egyptians in 1,500 B.C. The modern flip-flop descends from the Japanese zōri, which became popular after World War II when soldiers returning to the United States brought them back. They became popular gender-neutral summer footwear starting in the 1960s. Some varieties have since found their way into more formal attire.

I will be blogging about Northallerton Street Angels who walk around the town on a Saturday night between 10pm and 4am. The “Angels” are local volunteers that give up their time to help others. This might be reuniting friends, helping those who may have had a little too much to drink or defusing moments of anger before someone becomes aggressive.

The “Angels” are based on the ground floor of Northallerton Town Hall and they walk round town and can offer medical advice, provide a restorative cup of tea or coffee or provide flip-flops to people with blisters from wearing new shoes to someone who just needs something more comfortable to wear that will help them get home safely. Hence my name!

It is easy to identify the volunteers as they wear bright orange and black jackets with the Northallerton Street Angels logo on the back. If you see them why not just say hello. I promise they don’t bite. Each month I will tell you more about what they are up to, how you might be able to help and stories about what has happened. These will be anonymous of course. So come back soon and find out more.

Philip Flop