Celebration of Nigerian independence day in Barking

Cllr Darren Rodwell, fourth from left, and mayor Cllr Simon Bremner, centre, were among those in att

Cllr Darren Rodwell, fourth from left, and mayor Cllr Simon Bremner, centre, were among those in attendance - Credit: Archant

The Nigerian flag was raised at Barking Town Hall to celebrate 55 years since the country’s independence.

More than 300 residents and councillors gathered in Barking Town Square on Thursday to mark the occasion.

Council leader Cllr Darren Rodwell and Mayor Cllr Simon Bremner hosted the event.

Cllr Rodwell said: “I was thrilled to join councillors, local residents and community groups to celebrate Nigeria’s 55th Independence Day celebrations.”

Nigerian Independence Day is celebrated annually outside the town hall with support from the fast-growing Nigerian community, some of whom run businesses in the borough.


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Cllr Rodwell added: “I am delighted that many Nigerians call Barking and Dagenham their home or run successful businesses here.

“I wish you a happy Independence Day – and trust that your celebrations will be a fitting reflection of the wonderful state of Nigeria and its people.”

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