Thousands flock to enjoy bumper weekend of fun The Mayor's Newham Show

10 July 2017 in Events and Mayor
Around 50,000 people flocked to Central Park, East Ham, this weekend (Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July) for one of the biggest free events in the borough – the Mayor’s Newham Show.​
There was fun and entertainment for the whole family throughout the weekend including a vast array of performances across three stages, a seaside experience complete with giant paddling pool, traditional village fete, and sports taster sessions.

The highlight of the show on Saturday was the Mayor’s Newham Carnival Parade attracting some 2,000 colourful participants from schools and community groups across the borough. The parade started from Rancliffe Road before taking in High Street South, High Street North, Ron Leighton Way, Barking Road and Bartle Avenue before arriving back in Central Park.

Over the weekend the show’s entertainment was spread across, the Main Stage, the Cabaret Tent and the Children’s Stage, with performances keeping people of all ages entertained.

Among those who took to the Main Stage on Saturday were Children’s TV favourites Peppa Pig and George, local band Candy Apple Blue, Bollywood and Punjabi dancers from the Taal Tarongo Dance School, Barry White tribute act A-Kay and Native Sun who performed a fusion of hip hop and African rhythms.

On Sunday reggae artist Nereus Joseph, who was brought up in Newham, Captain Barnacles and Kwazii from children’s TV series Octonauts, The Gatsby Dancers, London School of Samba and Congolese band Grupo Lokito entertained the crowds on the Main Stage.

There were also performances from Newham’s very own Every Child a Musician Choir and Orchestra, St Angela’s School Choir from Forest Gate, Deborah Day Theatre School and the Langdon and Brampton academies.

Peppa Pig and George took part in story-time sessions on the Children’s Stage on Saturday. Youngsters enjoyed spectacular magic tricks performed by the Bubble Wizard and were also taken on a journey around the world by the Rhubarb Theatre Company. Captain Barnacles and Kwazii took to the stage on Sunday, along with Basil Brush and the Cool Kids Party hosted by DNS Kids.

The Cabaret Tent hosted tribute band A Salute to Vera Lyn who helped celebrate the 100th birthday of The Forces’ Sweetheart with renditions of some of her famous songs, followed by a special tea dance. The tent also featured The Black Eagles acrobats.

Newham Council’s community neighbourhood teams were at the heart of the show with residents able to help build a community garden, which will be given a permanent home in the borough. There was also a mini children’s library where people were able to find out about the Summer Reading Challenge which this year has an Animal Agents theme.

Among the sporting activities on offer was a penalty shoot-out run by West Ham United, while Essex County Cricket Club offered people the chance to improve their throwing skills.

Children transformed themselves into superheroes in the special Children’s Entertainment Area, while others discovered what it was like to be recruited as a World War 1 soldier, from being measured for a uniform, to taking part in a marching drill.

The show was supported by Swan Housing Association and construction company Mullaley who sponsored the Village Fete and Mini Golf respectively.

Among the organisations who were represented at the show were the Stoke Association, London Fire Brigade, Cancer Research,  NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group, East London Foundation Health Trust, Royal Navy,7 Rifles G Company and Stratford Circus.

Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales said: “I am so proud that we can offer our residents of all ages a free fun filled weekend every year. Each year the show gets better and better, and I know from talking to so many local people throughout the weekend that this year was no different.

“We pride ourselves on bringing people together. Events like this are a key part of our commitment to create cohesive and resilient communities.

“The weekend was packed with so many highlights from the families enjoying the seaside experience, seeing children taking part in World War 1 drills, the tribute to our own Dame Vera Lynn and the colourful carnival procession. The biggest highlight for me was seeing so many local people, of all ages and from across our community, coming together and enjoying themselves.”