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Thousands celebrate diversity at Green Street Festival

PUBLISHED: 13:42 28 October 2016 | UPDATED: 14:19 28 October 2016

The Green Street Festival in Upton Park

The Green Street Festival in Upton Park

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More than 2,000 children and families enjoyed an afternoon of dance, music and BMX performances at the Green Street Festival.

The Green Street Festival in Upton ParkThe Green Street Festival in Upton Park

A troupe of BMXers, 200 drummers and 80 children from Elmhurst, St Stephen’s and Upton Cross schools were just a few of the people putting on the entertainment at Queens Market, in Green Street, Upton Park on Wednesday.

The festival kicked off with Mayor Sir Robin Wales cutting the ribbon for the official re-opening of Plaistow library, before he joined councillors to take part in the wide range of activities, which were put on to celebrate community unity and diversity.

Cllr Abdul Muhit said: “I am pleased that the event is running now for a second year and that it is getting bigger.

“The festival attracted a lot of residents from different cultures and backgrounds and it was a true refection of how we celebrate and embrace our diversity here in Newham”.

Entertainment also saw Bollywood dancing, yoga, chess, face painting, arts and crafts and a heritage exhibition on the day.

The festival also received alot of support from a number of organisations on the day, including Newham Stroke Club, Queens Market team, West Ham United and Tesco, who gave away 300 bags of goodies as part of their Farm to Fork programme.

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