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Fun in the sun at Harold Hill Festival

Visitors enjoyed a ride on the mini train at the Harold Hill Festival. Picture: Mark Sepple. Visitors enjoyed a ride on the mini train at the Harold Hill Festival. Picture: Mark Sepple.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
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Musical talent, donkey rides, a mechanical bull and African drummers headed to the Harold Hill Festival for a family day out.

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Iasmina Oana, five. Picture: Mark Sepple.Iasmina Oana, five. Picture: Mark Sepple.

About 6,000 people enjoyed the sunshine and entertainment at the annual event on Saturday.

Activities on offer for the children included donkey rides, a miniature train ride, a climbing wall, and a mechanical bull.

There were also musical performances from local groups, gymnastic displays, a classic car show, stalls and a visit from the festival mascot Harry the Squirrel.

Visitors had a chance to try African drumming during a workshop run by Academy of African Arts and to hold feathered friends, including owls from MYCA Falconry.

The festival was run by a group of volunteers and supported by Havering Council.

Information stalls also gave details about the council’s Harold Hill Ambitions programme, which aims to improve the area.

Cllr Steven Kelly, cabinet member with responsibility for Harold Hill Ambitions, said: “It was a wonderful day. The sun was scorching and there was plenty going on to entertain children and residents.

“Every year the Festival just keeps getting better and better, and I must thank all the volunteers who work so hard to organise and run it.”

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