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Families of Erith Park’s great and good celebrate streets named in their honour

PUBLISHED: 09:56 30 September 2015 | UPDATED: 11:42 30 September 2015

The Erith Park street party

The Erith Park street party

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People whose relatives have streets named after them in the new Erith Park development celebrated at a street party on Saturday.

People whose relatives have streets named after them in the new Erith Park development celebrated their new-found fame at a street party on Saturday.

More than 60 people, including staff from the companies involved in the regeneration as well as people living there, celebrated the neighbourhood’s history and heritage.

A video about the area was shown and the new names for streets and blocks of flats were announced.

Debbie Williams is the great-great-granddaughter of G H Gunning, an Erith builder and philanthropist after whom Gunning Place was named.

Mr Gunning built some of the older houses in the area and also donated land for the first Erith Hospital.

Ms Williams said: “It was a lovely day and a nice tribute to my great-great-grandfather and the other families.

“We are so proud to have a lasting tribute to him and all that he did for Erith.”

Bexley council leader Teresa O’Neill was also at the party.

“I am very proud to have joined people in celebrating their move into their new homes, the transformation of their area and the strength of their community,” she said.

Andy Hobart, managing director of developers Wates Living Space, added: “The street party was a great opportunity for all with a stake in Erith Park’s past, present and future to celebrate how much has been achieved since work started in 2013 transform the former Larner Road estate.

“We have worked in partnership with housing association Orbit Homes and people who live here at every stage of this development to ensure that it really reflects the community’s rich history.”

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