Sun comes out for Barking & Dagenham Youth Parade

PUBLISHED: 11:00 30 September 2015

Young dancers from Sue Garner School of Dance

Young dancers from Sue Garner School of Dance

Vickie Flores/Archant

Hundreds of the borough’s youngsters took to the sunny streets of Dagenham to celebrate their role in the community.

“Are you ready?” shouted council leader Cllr Darren Rodwell at the startline on Sunday, as he led nearly 40 groups from Pondfield Park and over Heathway Hill for the second annual youth parade.

The sea of youngsters then boxed, danced and cycled their way past Heathway station as residents lined the streets, waving Union Jacks.

“It’s nice because we get to show off our skills,” said Five Elms Primary School pupil Tilly Johnson, who paraded with dance club, Born 2 Perform.

“Maybe I can convince those watching, or their children or grandchildren to come dancing,” she added.

Police cadets, cub scouts, sports clubs and music groups were among those who finished off the parade at Old Dagenham Park.

On arrival, Cllr Rodwell presented medals to all the individual participants, with young mayor Angelica Olawepo also in attendance.

An inflatable slide, climbing wall, exhibition stands, food stalls and a range of workshops including sport activities by the West Ham United Foundation were among the array of activities.

Live performances included Sue Garner School of Dance, Born 2 Dance, Dare2Dance, Mega Impact, Onside Youth Zones, Pulse Dance Academy, BYDY and Young and Talented.

“This year’s youth parade was a huge success,” said Cllr Rodwell.

“Young people turned out in their hundreds to contribute to a fantastic event that recognises the efforts our young people make every day.

“Each and every young person is an important part of our borough’s future.

“Thank you to everyone for coming out to cheer them on. I was so proud to be a part of such an inspirational event and was bowled over with their civic pride.

“Their enthusiasm and their efforts to inspire others was a joy to behold.”

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