First youth parade aims to honour borough’s brightest stars

The route of Sunday's parade

The route of Sunday's parade - Credit: Archant

The achievements of the borough’s youngsters will be celebrated at Barking and Dagenham’s first ever youth parade on Sunday.

Brighter Steppings will appear in the parade

Brighter Steppings will appear in the parade - Credit: Archant

More than 1,000 youngsters from 30 groups and organisations are expected to take part in the event, which starts at Barking Park at 11am before twisting through the town centre and ending in Abbey Green.

Council leader Cllr Darren Rodwell, who dreamed up the event, said: “I think it’s really important everyone in the borough feels a valued part of the community,

“Unfortunately our young people can sometimes be forgotten, or stereotyped in a negative way, so this is an opportunity to reflect and cheer them.

“They deserve to be recognised for their contribution to the borough and inspiration to their peers.”

The Bluejay twirlers will be taking part in the parade

The Bluejay twirlers will be taking part in the parade - Credit: Archant

Sikh Sports Children, who meet weekly at Barking Gurdwara Singh Sabha LondonEast, will be among the lesser-known groups taking part.

The youngsters practise judo, karate and the South Asian wrestling-based sport of Kabbadi on Sunday afternoons.

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Other organisations include Barking and Dagenham Cycling Club, baton twirlers Lilac and Whites Majorettes, stage school Born 2 Perform and mobile youth club Youth Bus.

Temporary road closures will be in place along the route.

? For more information about the day, visit lbbd.gov.uk/youthparade or pick up a copy of this week’s Post

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