Sun comes out for Barking & Dagenham Youth Parade
PUBLISHED: 11:00 30 September 2015
Hundreds of the borough’s youngsters took to the sunny streets of Dagenham to celebrate their role in the community.
Barking and Dagenham Youth Parade
The young mayor, Angelica Olawepo at the start of the Barking and Dagenham Youth Parade 2015.
Cubs and scouts took part in the parade
Romford Hockey Club recruited new members at the event
Young participants show off their skills at the borough's second every youth parade
LGBT group Flipside also had a stall in Old Dagenham Park
Young dancers from Sue Garner School of Dance
Young participants get into the spirit of the parade
Born 2 Perform was one of nearly 40 groups present
Irish dancers from the Jordan Academy get involved
Participants and onlookers waved Union Jack flags as the parade made its way over Heathway Hill and on to Old Dagenham Park
Council leader, Cllr Darren Rodwell, gave a congratulatory speech and presented all participants with a medal
A police cadet holds the flag after receiving a medal from Cllr Rodwell
A young medallist collects her medal
“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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