Pictures: Fair evokes memories of ‘65 Dagenham town shows

PUBLISHED: 13:31 01 September 2015 | UPDATED: 13:43 01 September 2015

Visitors enjoy a Ford video from the sixties

Visitors enjoy a Ford video from the sixties


There was a chance to step back in time at a Valence House event on Saturday.

The Valence Fair celebrated the area’s heritage with a nod back to the Town Show of 1965, with attendees sharing their stories in the memory lounge.

The event was part of the Fifty Years a Borough Project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It included a photography exhibition of images from the archives taken by the former borough photographer, Egbert E. Smart.

Clare Sexton, borough archivist at the Archives and Local Studies Centre in Becontree Avenue, said: “There was a great party atmosphere and everyone really enjoyed themselves.

“Visitors learnt dance moves from different decades ending with everyone doing the hokey cokey.”

The mayor and the leader of the council judged the children’s fancy dress and decorated bicycle competitions.

And people were entertained into the afternoon by a performance by the Dagenham Girl Pipers, community stalls and vintage fairground rides.

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