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Families enjoy carnival atmosphere at Bexleyheath shopping centre

PUBLISHED: 10:44 30 August 2016 | UPDATED: 10:44 30 August 2016

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The carnival was the culmination of a week-long programme of events

Families from across the region enjoyed an afternoon of singing, dancing and acrobatics as Broadway Shopping Centre in Bexleyheath staged a Rio-style carnival at the weekend.

TV acrobat Billy George dazzled shoppers as he led the colourful parade, which featured performances from dance troupes DW Juniors and Next Generation, who have trained and appeared in TV with Britain’s Got Talent winners Diversity.

Sunday’s event marked the culmination of a week of fun workshops and action-packed activities at the shopping centre, which included creative workshops where people made their own masks and t-shirts to wear in the parade.

The parents of one of the young dancers, Brian and Toni Suchley, of Edenhall Glen, Romford, East London, made the journey across town specially to see their daughter Olivia, 11, in the parade.

Mrs Suchley said: “We are really glad we came along. We’ve never seen Olivia in a parade like this before and there was such a great family atmosphere. It was nice to see all the people with such happy smiles on their faces as they watched the routines. It was just what we need to round off summer.”

Fellow dance mum Amanda Peters, of Porter’s Avenue, Dagenham, Essex, also made the journey to see her daughter Teisha, 12, in the carnival parade.

She said: “It’s been absolutely lovely, and so vibrant, especially with all the colourful balloons around. A real fiesta atmosphere - almost like I imagine it to be in Rio!”

The six-day series of events was brought to Broadway by the acclaimed Danceworks Studio and its principal, Danielle Banjo, mother of Diversity stars Ashley and Jordan.

Mrs Banjo said: “The last week has seen more than 400 children of all ages with parents and grandparents taking part In the carnival creative workshops.

“It was so wonderful to see families spend quality time together doing something creative and fun.”

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