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'Mr Thamesmead' has path renamed after him at Queen's 90th birthday celebrations

PUBLISHED: 14:39 13 June 2016

Mayor Olu Babatola and local residents at the newly-named Claridge Way

Mayor Olu Babatola and local residents at the newly-named Claridge Way

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Hundreds celebrated Her Majesty's birthday

More than 400 Thamesmead locals celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday at Moorings street party on Saturday.

During the celebrations, residents celebrated the life of a man known locally as ‘Mr Thamesmead’.

The community voted to re-name a path in the area after former resident Ted Claridge, who helped set up the community charity Trust Thamesmead.

He raised thousands of pounds for young people’s charities, before he died in 2011.

Wayleave, also known as The Black Path, will now be called Claridge Way.

Chief executive at Peabody, Stephen Howlett said: “What an honour for Ted and his family. It’s fantastic that residents have recognised him in this way - his legacy lives on in many people’s lives and now it will live on in many more.”

During the street party celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday, children’s activities and performances from a local dance group took place throughout the day.

Mr Howlett continued: “The whole event has been a community effort, from organising the day to turning up. It has been wonderful to see the community come together and show what a strong community spirit we have in Thamesmead.

“A big thank you to all the residents and community groups who helped make the event such as success, and to all those who had their say on Peabody’s proposals for the Moorings as we shape our plans for the area”.

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