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Ilford Easter parade cancelled

PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 March 2018

Wilson Chowdry with Mbharime Mustafaj, Daljit Luggah, Simon Standon,, Hamid Muosah and Andrew Willis who are upset that their Easter Parade through Ilford clashes with the Easter Monday market

Wilson Chowdry with Mbharime Mustafaj, Daljit Luggah, Simon Standon,, Hamid Muosah and Andrew Willis who are upset that their Easter Parade through Ilford clashes with the Easter Monday market

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An annual parade which runs through Ilford town centre on Easter Monday has been cancelled due to a “licence mix up”.

A market has been given permission to operate in High Road instead.

Wilson Chowdhry, of the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), said: “I am disappointed. It is the largest free event in the borough and huge numbers have joined us in the past.

“It does feel like commercialism over community.”

All is not lost, however, as the BPCA, along with other churches in the town centre, is holding an Easter festival on Saturday, March 31 instead.

“There will be singing dancing and children holding banners on Saturday,” Mr Chowdhry said.

“We will share the joy of Easter with the general public between noon and 5pm.”

A Redbridge Council spokeswoman said: “An application to host an Easter parade was submitted and considered by the council’s Safety Advisory Group.

“Unfortunately the market in the town centre was already booked for that date and we advised that it wouldn’t be appropriate to host a large parade through market stalls and crowds of shoppers.

“We gave the applicant alternative dates but have not had a response.”


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