Paw Patrol help to switch on Barking’s Christmas lights

PUBLISHED: 17:01 04 December 2018

Mayor Sanchia Alasia giving a helping hand to Bill Ding, Countryside's mascot. Picture: Jimmy Lee

Mayor Sanchia Alasia giving a helping hand to Bill Ding, Countryside's mascot. Picture: Jimmy Lee

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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.

Events2Empower performing at the light switch-on. Picture: Melissa PageEvents2Empower performing at the light switch-on. Picture: Melissa Page

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.

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