Thamesmead lit up during mesmerising festival
More than 4,000 Thamesmead residents enjoyed a weekend of culture at the Thamesmead Festival from Friday 15 September to Sunday 17 September.
The events and activities included a mesmerising light show which lit up Southmere Lake and the four iconic Thamesmead towers, a Thamesmead Town fete, a Thamesmead’s Got Talent show, and a double-decker bus tour of Thamesmead.
Southmere Lake in Thamesmead
There was also the Carnival of Air where eight silk scrolls were carried in procession along the Thames Path from Woolwich to Gallions Hill, accompanied by singing from the Woolwich Singers. The silks were decorated by community groups based in Thamesmead with artwork representing life on the banks of the Thames Estuary and the river Hooghly in Kolkata, exploring the relationship between the UK and India.
Leader of the London Borough of Bexley, Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE said: “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.”
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. Watch this space!”
Peabody’s Executive Director for Thamesmead, John Lewis said: “The Thamesmead Festival was a great success. Thank you to my colleagues for volunteering their time, the many dignitaries who attended a number of the events, the residents who turned out for the occasion and to EEA who delivered the light show, Carnival of Air and other 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.”