Jubilee tea dance kicks off Barking and Dagenham dance festival
Proud residents celebrating the Queen’s Diamond jubilee kicked off a dance festival with a tea party in the grounds of Barking Abbey ruins.
Partygoers enjoyed a contemporary tea dance, a may pole dance, a choir and a modern performance called One Giant Leap in honour of the Queen on Monday.
The Jubilee tea party launched the month-long Barking and Dagenham Dance Festival, which will feature a Bollywood evening at Valence House in Dagenham and a production of Alice in Wonderland on Barking Town Square.
Jubilee dancer Donna Walsh, 24, said: “It’s bringing the community together. We’re not going to have a Diamond Jubilee again.”
Dennis Jerrom, 60, of Alfred’s Gardens, Barking, said: “I was nearly two years old went the Queen came to the throne. She has done pretty well for the country. I’m very patriotic.”
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The party near St Margaret’s church in the Broadway also featured stalls from community groups.
Bill Smith, 72, of Barking Photographic Society, said: “We started in 1948. We’ve had our Diamond Jubilee. We like to show our faces and our support.”
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