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Collier Row’s fairytale carnival was a success, say organisers

PUBLISHED: 16:41 12 August 2013 | UPDATED: 16:41 12 August 2013

Collier Row Carnival. Picture Rebecca Joseph

Collier Row Carnival. Picture Rebecca Joseph

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More than 3,000 people turned out for Collier Row’s fairytale carnival on Sunday.

Organisers said the parade and fun day were a “success” and included a range of entertainment and activities including a circus skills workshop, a dog show and animals from Wellgate Farm.

Revellers were encouraged to dress up as their favourite character from a book or as a prince or princess for the parade which had a storybook and fairytale theme.

The parade went from North Romford Community Centre, in Clockhouse Lane, to Forest Row Centre, in Lodge Lane, where there was a fun day.

Deputy Mayor of Havering, Cllr Linda Trew, who also helped organise the event, said: “We guesstimate that approximately 3,000 people attended; the weather was ideal and everybody had a truly great time.”

She added: “I would like to add that we mustn’t forget the Collier Row Community Group’s main aim for organising this event, which is to put Collier Row back in the map, give local residents a sense of pride of where they live, and promote businesses and community cohesion, which this event certainly did.”

She thanked the organisers and volunteers, who she said without the event would not have gone ahead.

Resident Georgina Smith said it was the best carnival she had been to. She was watching her daughter Georgia, a police cadet, who was leading the parade.

Georgina said: “It was absolutely brilliant and I was so surprised with what they had done. The organisers really should be proud of themselves because it was a fantastic family day out.”

The Collier Row Community Group was set up in 2010 to reinvent the carnival, which had not been held for more than 10 years.

Last year’s event, during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, was the first since the group reformed.


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