In Pictures: Chatsworth Road Festival
- Credit: Tolga Akmen
An entire community poured out onto the streets of Clapton in Saturday to enjoy a host of festivities on offer.
The Chatsworth Road Festival and family fun day, held for the second year running, was packed with events throughout the day, starting off with a charity football match which raised nearly £300 for Homerton Hospital.
Allan Parker, one of the organisers, said: “It was amazing and so much bigger than I thought it would be.
“My personal highlight was seeing so many people out on the street having fun after we transformed the street for the day.”
Live bands, acrobats and sumo wrestling wooed over 500 festival-goers but the biggest hit of the day was the dog show which had 25 canine contestants.
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The festival returned to Chatsworth Road and the surrounding streets after a 34 year hiatus last year.
Mr Parker, who was born and bred in Hackney, added: “I’m taken aback at how many people have turned up this year as the street was heaving just like it was in the 80s when the festival first started.
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“This festival represents everything I love about this community, the different generations and cultures all coming together to create something positive.
“It makes me very proud to be from this area.”