East Ham residents celebrate with community street party

Diamond Jubilee street parties might have packed up and gone more than a month ago.

But one group of residents in Dorset Road, East Ham showed their community spirit on Saturday with a family fun day of their own.

Around 200 neighbours joined in the fun by bringing Asian and West Indian food and providing music.

Thanks to the efforts of Green Street Cllr Rohima Rahman, East Ham MP Stephen Timms and Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales also made a visit.

Mr Timms presented the residents with an Active Citizens award.

Resident Mark Grant said they even avoided the wet weather.

“The day started off with rain and then it held out until we finished,” he said.

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“It was arranged because of the Jubilee and because we’re bang in the Olympic site. It’s about getting community spirit.

“We had a bouncy castle at one end of the road and some Bhangra music at the other end, because that’s where the power source was.”

Another party is planned for September, when residents hope to turn some disused garages into a community garden.

Mr Grant added: “We didn’t get much enthusiasm for this one but once people realised what we were doing, it snowballed and everyone enjoyed it.”