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Grey clouds fail to deter waterfront revellers

22 September 2014 in Events and Sport and leisure
Thousands of people joined in the fun by the waterside at Newham Council’s Waterfront Festival on Saturday.
Fireworks at Newham London Waterfront Festival 2014
Almost 20,000 residents attended the free annual event at the Royal Victoria Dock, taking part in pleasure boat rides, paddle boarding, zumba classes and activities on the shoreline.

The number of attendees was up on last year, despite the grey clouds, and there was plenty of fun had at the under-5s play area, on the beach and in front of the music stage, which was headlined by 70s UK soul sensation The Real Thing.

The final event of Newham Council’s summer programme concluded with a 12-minute firework display set to James Bond soundtracks.

Deputy Mayor Lester Hudson said: “The Waterfront Festival was a wonderful event. Thousands came to discover the hidden gems on the Royal Docks, try something new on the water or take part in good old fashioned fun on dry land. This concludes our summer programme of festivals, but we hope to see as many people as possible at our free Guy Fawkes’ Night fireworks display at Wanstead Flats on Saturday 1 November.”