St George’s Day in Barking and Dagenham: Picture gallery
PUBLISHED: 15:45 25 April 2012 | UPDATED: 09:41 26 April 2012
Knights of the Crusades locked swords, a giant blue dragon was slayed and families took to the streets to party as the borough celebrated St George’s Day.
The annual bash, held over the weekend and on Monday, saw a host of events organised by the council, organisations and residents.
The council-run celebrations in Valence Park, Dagenham, on Saturday featured a reenactment of a Knights in Crusades battle, falconry and archery displays, a St George and the dragon parade and of course the slaying of the dragon.
Meanwhile in Rogers Gardens, Dagenham, Reede Road Tenants’ and Residents’ Association put on a street party for around 200 people.
Cllr Darren Rodwell, a former Reede Road TRA chairman, said the day was a big success: “We had the odd shower but the party went really well. There was food, music, a bouncy castle and face painting. Everyone had fun.”
Harp House sheltered housing, in Helmore Road, Barking, marked the day with a tea party and a few staff and family members played games, including an egg and spoon race.
Also on Saturday, the Dagenham Girl Pipers headed to Fred Tibble Court care home, in Weston Road, Dagenham, to play their famous bagpipes.
On Monday, officially St George’s Day, a number of groups came together to organise a street party in Farr Avenue shopping parade, Barking, for Thames View Junior and Infant schools.
One of those behind the event, Thames View TRA chairman, Joyce Cracknell, said around 700 youngsters took part.
“The weather wasn’t great but the kids had a fantastic time,” she told the Post. “With the help of Studio 3 Arts and Thames View Library they took part in lots St George’s Day-themed art and craft activities.”
Barking and Dagenham Council awarded grants to 28 community and residents groups to help them with their celebrations.
For more pictures of St George’s Day go to the top right hand corner of the page and click on gallery.
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