Manor Park residents get into carnival spirit early

Some of the Cardamon Court residents who got into the carnival spirit early with councillor Clive Fu

Some of the Cardamon Court residents who got into the carnival spirit early with councillor Clive Furness - Credit: Archant

Some residents thought the Newham Carnival had arrived early after hearing a steel drum and with an eye catching array of vibrant colours.

Young at heart residents from Cardamon Court, Manor Park extra care housing development owned and managed by Hanover Housing Association were joined by Cllr Clive Furness as they limbered up for the popular street festival taking place at the weekend.

Among the residents was Joyce Scott, 86, who received a master class in steel drumming before joining fellow residents for a Caribbean concert performed by local artist Richie Richardson

Joyce said: “Having experienced the Jazz era of the roaring 20’s to the modern day ballads of Michael Bublé,

I really enjoyed the chance to mix it up on the steel drum.”

In addition to the live entertainment, catering provider Elior UK Holdings Ltd treated residents to culinary delights including Jerk Chicken and peas and rice.

Darran Dawes, operations manager for Elior, said: “Our team gets a great enjoys these themed events. Working hand in hand with Hanover and the residents to cater for many tastes and encouraging people to try a variety of foods.”

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Rona Nicholson, Hanover’s chief operations officer and recently appointed representative to the Home and Communities Agency Equality and Diversity Advisory Group said: “This has been a hugely successful event and testament to our staff and residents’ commitment to reaping the benefits of the many vibrant cultures in the borough.”

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