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Silvertown community fun day draws hundreds despite rain

PUBLISHED: 15:02 07 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:18 07 August 2017

Divine Umoru, seven and Excel umoru, eight with Grace Kenneth-Jimah from Kakes by Grace. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Divine Umoru, seven and Excel umoru, eight with Grace Kenneth-Jimah from Kakes by Grace. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

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Slithering snakes, zumba dancing and thunderstorms all made an appearance at a community fun day on Saturday.

The crowd tries some Zumba moves. Picture: Ellie HoskinsThe crowd tries some Zumba moves. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

More than 500 people braved the iffy weather to spend time with their fellow residents at Britannia Village Hall in Silvertown.

Newham City Farm brought along a range of animals for children to hold while wacky races, a dog show and bouncy castle also featured.

Organiser Steve Allgood, youth and community manager at charity West Silvertown Foundation, said everyone had a brilliant time despite a huge downpour that at one point threatened to shut the event down.

“For 20 minutes it really came down hard and there was lightning,” he said. “There we were trying to save the gazebos and I thought ‘Why do I have metal in a thunderstorm?’”.

Ancel Larbi, four and Marix Larbi, six enjoying themselves on the bouncy castle. Picture: Ellie HoskinsAncel Larbi, four and Marix Larbi, six enjoying themselves on the bouncy castle. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

The youth worker added: “But it was quality - everyone was smiling and was happy.”

Two very different dance outfits delighted audiences with performances courtesy of arts organisation Stratford Circus.

South Asian dance group, Akademi Paradiso, combined storytelling and movement while experimental street dancers, Iron Skulls, took time away from Barcelona to showcase their lively hip-hop moves.

“The dances were great, they really brought it together,” said Steve.

Imani Randall, nine, Tafsia Shikdar from Newham City Farm holding Lucy the rabbit and Cheyanne Andrew, nine. Picture: Ellie HoskinsImani Randall, nine, Tafsia Shikdar from Newham City Farm holding Lucy the rabbit and Cheyanne Andrew, nine. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

“We also had about a good 100 people doing Zumba, it was fantastic.”

Elsewhere, East Ham MP Stephen Timms got up in front of the crowd to say a few words and praise the day as a good get together for the community.

Refreshments and stall holders also sold a range of fusion foods including authentic Caribbean cuisine.

“There was a little three-year-old who was a little star and she was dancing,” said Steve, of the feel-good atmosphere that he said got everyone moving.

Youth leaders from across the borough also gathered to share good practice and support the youngsters as part of an ongoing summer events programme.

Steve said: “I explained to them we have got to be the role models, this is the point of the holiday scheme really.

Support both before and on the day also came from West Silvertown Foundation and sponsors Newham Giving.

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