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Thamesmead Festival sees town’s iconic towers light up around Southmere Lake

PUBLISHED: 13:13 22 September 2017

Fireworks over Thamesmead

Fireworks over Thamesmead

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A weekend of celebrations was held last week

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The skies over Southmere Lake lit up over the weekend as thousands of residents turned out to Thamesmead Festival

Hailed as a “great success” by organisers, more than 40 residents, artists and organisations partnered up with housing group Peabody to put on the festival, which featured a town fete, talent competition and a pet show.

Thamesmead resident, Debbie Frimpong who attended the Thamesmead Fete and light show said: “The day has been fantastic, absolutely beautiful. My family and I have lived in Thamesmead for 21 years. You won’t find another place like it, it is unique and is only going to get better.”

While daughter, 22-year-old Jerusha Frimpong, one of the performer’s on the Thamesmead’s Got Talent stage said: “I’ve had a great time, both performing and supporting my sister who performed too. There is a great atmosphere and a real community vibe. I really enjoyed growing up in Thamesmead, I love the place – everyone knows each other and looks out for each other.”

More than 4,000 residents turned out to the event, which also featured a fireworks display over Southmere Lake, lighting up the four iconic Thamesmead towers.

Peabody’s executive director for Thamesmead, John Lewis said: “The Thamesmead Festival was a great success. Thank you to all the residents who turned out for the occasion, it was great to see so many of you enjoying the weekend of activities.

“Here’s to being part of something even bigger next year when we will celebrate Thamesmead’s 50th birthday and the cultural life in London’s new town.”

Leader of Bexley council Teresa O’Neill added: “I’m delighted that we were able to get involved and support this great festival weekend. Thamesmead is a key part of our borough going through lots of exciting changes and fantastic partnership events like these help to build a real sense of community.”

The festival took place the same weekend as Open House London which saw a number of flagship buildings across London opening their doors for tours, including the historic Crossness Pumping Station and hard hat tours of the iconic Lakeside Centre in Thamesmead.

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