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Food and football at Dagenham community fun day

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 May 2015

Rasa Dirmeityte, Gabi Dirmeityte and Ramune Sulcaite with children William Baranas, Edward Baranas and Vanessa Sulcaite

Rasa Dirmeityte, Gabi Dirmeityte and Ramune Sulcaite with children William Baranas, Edward Baranas and Vanessa Sulcaite

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Hundreds enjoyed the early summer sun at the third annual Dagenham community fun day on Sunday.

The winning Dagenham Academy side being presented with their trophyThe winning Dagenham Academy side being presented with their trophy

Face-painting, bouncy castles and five-a-side football provided a family-friendly atmosphere at Dagenham and Redbridge’s Victoria Road stadium, as 500 people came together as one.

Former Daggers community liaison officer – now business development officer for The PartyBox Dagenham, in Becontree Avenue – Teresa Parish, 52, is one of the day’s founding organisers and was delighted to see so many people having a good time.

“We started it when the town show finished with the aim of bringing local people and organisations together,” she said.

“Community events like these are really important.

Onome Ilevbarod with children Daniel, eight, and Deborah, six.Onome Ilevbarod with children Daniel, eight, and Deborah, six.

“There’s obviously plenty of things going on this year with the 50th birthday celebrations, but days like these are crucial so people can find out more about their community.”

Alongside the sun and ice cream, a number of parents groups, charities and residents’ associations held stalls, while the Daggers academy side took home the trophy in the keenly-contested five-a-side football competition.

Up to 30 volunteers, including a group of police cadets, ensured the day ran smoothly

“Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and we’re hoping to be back next year for more of the same,” added Teresa.


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