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Cultures come together at Barking’s Lithuanian celebrations

PUBLISHED: 16:32 19 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:32 19 February 2015

Lithuanian Independence Day event in Barking Town Hall. Lithuanian schoolchildren and adults with Lithuanian business community, Ambassador of Lithuania as well as the leader of Barking and Dagenham council and other officials

Lithuanian Independence Day event in Barking Town Hall. Lithuanian schoolchildren and adults with Lithuanian business community, Ambassador of Lithuania as well as the leader of Barking and Dagenham council and other officials

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Spirits and flags were flying high at Barking Town Hall in celebration of Lithuanian Independence Day on Monday.

Lithuanian Independence Day event in Barking Town Hall.
Cllr Darren Rodwell. with the Ambassador of Lithuania Her Excellency Mrs Asta Skaisgiryte.Lithuanian Independence Day event in Barking Town Hall. Cllr Darren Rodwell. with the Ambassador of Lithuania Her Excellency Mrs Asta Skaisgiryte.

The Ambassador of Lithuania, Asta Skaisgiryte-Liauskiene, and the leader of Barking and Dagenham council, Darren Rodwell, joined crowds in celebrating the country’s 97th year of independence.

Guests listened to the ambassador’s address and patriotically sang along to Lithuanian tunes before hoisting British and Lithuanian flags above the council headquarters.

The day was organised by the council and Dagenham’s holistic language and life skills school for children Leaping Toads. Principal Simona Staputiene encouraged people to use their freedom to “follow aspirations”, adding: “February 16 reminds us we are free people. In coming here today, it means you care about national identity and heritage.”


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