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West Ham community congregates for church anniversary event

PUBLISHED: 17:52 27 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:52 27 September 2017

PCSO Sue Lawler, Rev Christy Asinugo and Cllr Winston Vaughn with colouring competition winners at St Matthew's CofE Church event

PCSO Sue Lawler, Rev Christy Asinugo and Cllr Winston Vaughn with colouring competition winners at St Matthew's CofE Church event

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More than 200 well wishers of all ages, faiths and backgrounds united for a parish birthday celebration.

Rev Christy Asinugo and others enjoying the celebrationsRev Christy Asinugo and others enjoying the celebrations

A range of free “quiet activities and boisterous games” marked the 121st anniversary of St Matthew’s Church in Dyson Road, West Ham, on Saturday.

Excited children were enthralled by a bubble-making machine before getting hands on for hair plaiting, badge making and face painting.

Adults could enjoy a massage, salsa dancing or receive a health awareness talk on blood pressure from health professionals.

Rev Christiana Asinugo said it was a happy occasion, adding: “Everyone we spoke to said ‘what a wonderful day’.”

West Ham MP Lyn Brown and Forest Gate South Cllr Winston Vaughan also attended as did a varied cross-section of locals which Rev Asinugo said made the day a “proper community event”

She said: “We live in a very diverse area but diversity should not stop us mixing with one another and reaching out to people. It was inspiring.”

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