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Hundreds take to the streets for Barking and Dagenham Youth Parade

PUBLISHED: 16:40 27 September 2015 | UPDATED: 16:40 27 September 2015

Barking and Dagenham police cadet Clare Mukiibi, 16, at the borough's second youth parade

Barking and Dagenham police cadet Clare Mukiibi, 16, at the borough's second youth parade

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Hundreds of young people took to the sunny streets of Dagenham today to celebrate the role they play in the community.

Barking and Dagenham cub, Tristan Filbert, 10, took part in the procession to Old Dagenham ParkBarking and Dagenham cub, Tristan Filbert, 10, took part in the procession to Old Dagenham Park

Budding boxers and daring dancers were among the groups proceeding proudly through from Pondfield Park and over Heathway Hill in the second annual event of its kind.

“Through the parade we can show the older generation that young people aren’t that bad, that some of us do good things in the area,” said Clare Mukiibi, 16, who has been with the Barking and Dagenham police cadets for more than two years.

“It’s great to give back to the community in different ways, like volunteering for various events,” added Clare, who lives in Lindsey Road.

Alongside the cadets, the borough’s cub scouts, Lose Control street dance club, and alcohol and drugs support service Subwize were among the forty groups winding their way to Old Dagenham Park from 11am this morning.

On arrival, council and procession leader Darren Rodwell presented medals to all the individual participants.

To find out more about the day and check out our picture spread, pick up your copy of the Barking & Dagenham Post on Wednesday.


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