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
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.”
If you were at the Ilford Lane celebrations and want to have your say, or if you took and pictures, email Matthew.Clemenson@archant.co.uk.