Ilford Lane breaks out into spontaneous street party after Pakistan win ICC Champions Trophy

PUBLISHED: 08:28 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:17 19 June 2017

Members of Redbridge's Pakistani community flocked to Ilford Lane on Sunday night to celebrate their country's ICC Champions Cup win. Photo: Arub Humayoun

Members of Redbridge's Pakistani community flocked to Ilford Lane on Sunday night to celebrate their country's ICC Champions Cup win. Photo: Arub Humayoun


The neighbourhoods around Ilford Lane exploded into vibrant celebration last night as the Pakistani community in the area celebrated an historic cricketing win.

Trucks waving the country’s green flags zoomed up and down the road as drivers sounded their horns and local residents flocked to the streets to join the party atmosphere.

The cause for such joyous celebration? Underdogs Pakistan produced a superb performance to thrash rivals India by 180 runs in the final of the ICC Champions Cup.

The road was unofficially closed for much of yesterday evening as the singing crowds partied into the night.

Videos from the scene show men and women, young and old coming together to dance in the road as bewildered onlookers, unaware of Pakistan’s triumph, wondered what all the fuss was about.

Exuberant party-goers were even seen climbing on cars and dancing on roofs as the celebrations continued.

One reveller said: “Ilford Lane and hot and humid nights –I legitmately felt like I was in Pakistan.”

Another added: “These celebrations on Ilford Lane are insane, the crowd is going crazy!”

But as the night wore on not everyone was in quite such a jubilant mood though.

Transport for London was forced to issue an advisory notice to drivers to avoid the road at 11.30pm, and one resident took to social media to complain, saying: “Ilford Lane is a mess. Great you won the cricket but come on. Move yourself.”

At 12.30am, as the party showed no signs of stopping, another tweeted Redbridge Police asking: “Are you doing anything about the noise on Ilford Lane?

“I don’t mind a bit of celebration but it’s well past midnight now.”

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  • come on, get with the diversity and vibrancy! I'm all for fact, my child did ok-ish at maths, he almost passed this year, so I'm having a small party for 400 of my closest friends on the A1400 near Charlie Browns. Bring your car, park up, we need something to jump on, nobody will mind as it'll only stuff up the a406 and m11 for one single measly day. Surely the headline should be: Illegal street partyunauthorised gathering prevents $name_of_old_person getting to hospital while police stand by and tut-tut

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    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

  • The tone of the article suggests that it perfectly fine to behave in this way and seems to be condoning such behaviour. There are many laws being violated in the activities described above, yet the paper is more interested in suggesting that it was a perfectly valid and acceptable behaviour by irresponsible youths to 'celebrate' in this way. The chaos caused on Ilford Lane by traffic blockade affects people trying to get to work, or to their loved ones who may be ill or sick and the noise which continued till past midnight affected many trying to get to sleep - including elderly and frail. Where were the police that night to prevent this illegal activity?

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    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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