June 19 2013 Latest news:
Alistair Kleebauer, Senior reporter
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Before Sunday’s headline event at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, crowds enjoyed an afternoon of fun and activities basked in sunshine for the annual Wanstead Festival.
At Christchurch Green in Wanstead High Street, visitors enjoyed games including space hopper races and bike trials, a climbing wall and musical performances.
The festival, just hours before the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games, also incorporated the borough’s Inspiration roadshow which celebrated the XXX Olympiad.
Festival goers took part in a decathlon of events including hula-hooping and impersonating your favourite Olympics star.
Redbridge Council’s area one committee provided £10,000 to fund the event.
Councillor Thomas Chan, of Wanstead ward, said: “It was great. The sun was out and I think everyone enjoyed all the games.”
Sam Gezgin, nine, won a space hopper race with Adam Gezgin, 10, claiming silver and Joe Dick, 11, bronze.
The Mayor of Redbridge, Cllr Muhammed Javed, spoke to the crowds and joined in the fun by jumping on a stationary multi-person bike.
The Wanstead Society collected around 300 signatures on a petition opposing a closure of Wanstead police station.
Member Geoff Horsnell, of Gloucester Road, said: ““It was a great festival, it was helped by the fact there was very good weather.”
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