Residents celebrate St George’s Day with songs and games at Rainham’s Dovers Farm Estate

PUBLISHED: 11:09 24 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:21 24 April 2017

Phil Bowen as George and Sean Phiri  as the dragon with singer Yvonne McDonnell. Photo by Ellie Hoskins

Phil Bowen as George and Sean Phiri as the dragon with singer Yvonne McDonnell. Photo by Ellie Hoskins


Residents of Dovers Farm Estate celebrated St George’s Day with a number of activities for the whole community to enjoy.

The event was held on the estate’s green, in New Zealand Way, Rainham, with ward councillors and Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas in attendance.

Residents are fighting a development proposal for the green and Matt Stanton, 34, Dovers Farm Estate Green secretary, hopes that Sunday’s event shows the council that the site is still an important space for the community.

“We were very pleased with it, we had a fantastic turnout and our local councillors came and supported us,” said Matt.

“We had face painting, some local artists who came and exhibited their work, we had a tug of war between St George and the dragon, and a local musician, Yvonne McDonnell, who played some lovely acoustic music for us.

“People baked cakes and brought them out - it was all fun and in the spirit of building our community.

“We had good numbers come along, it really sends a message to the council that we use the space.”

On May 14 residents will be holding another event on the green to unveil a memorial for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) soldiers in the First World War.

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