Paw Patrol help to switch on Barking’s Christmas lights
PUBLISHED: 17:01 04 December 2018
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Residents of Barking saw the town centre in all its’ glory at the Christmas lights switch-on festival.
The borough became officially festive last weekend, when the lights in Barking town centre, Dagenham Heathway, and Chadwell Heath were turned on.
This year’s switch-on celebration, Barking Mad about Christmas, was sponsored by property developers Countryside, whose mascot, Bill Ding, pressed the button alongside characters from Paw Patrol.
A day of festive activities preceeded the big switch-on, with a Santa’s grotto, Christmas carols and a pen of real reindeer.
There was also a panel discussion between Mahbub Khandoker from Countryside and council leader, Darren Rodwell, about three development projects in the borough and the future of housing in Barking and Dagenham.
There was a stall with face painting, art workshops and a competition of ‘guess how many Lego bricks in the jar’.
The event was attended by mayor Sanchia Alasia, and there was entertainment from Elfies on the Shelfie.