Fun and glitz had by all at the carnival

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Glitz, glamour and the colour purple were the main attractions at this year’s Collier Row Carnival.

The yearly event that is a highlight in Havering’s calendar once again was an amazing success.

Purple ribbons and balloons to remember Jodie Chesney were on every float and car that participated in the event.

Hundreds of spectators came out to line the streets and watch the delightful floats and displays go by on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

 

 

From Revelations majorettes to Take a Knife Save a Life were present at the carnival, engaging with the local community.

Taking part in the carnival was the Romford MP Andrew Rosindell who told the Enquirer: “I’m really pleased to be here at the Collier Row carnival today.

 

 

“I remember the Collier Row carnival many years ago and it died, but it’s now been revived and it’s a great community event bringing together hundreds of people from Collier Row and the wider community.

“It supports many local charities and it’s great that local businesses are also a part of this donating money to the local community and getting involved.

“I’m delighted to be here as the local MP and its great to see so many locals turn out to support the event.“

Local Councillor and former Mayor Dilip Patel was also at the carnival, he told The Enquirer: “The Collier Row Community group are doing wonderful work for the community brining the spirit of the people out.

“It’s wonderful to see so many people here involved in this amazing event.“

Also present were the Collier Row section of Take A Knife Save A Life. Paula Mulvihill the Area co-ordinator told The Enquirer: “We patrol the area on a regular basis.

“We patrol the local parks, the local area in order to be a visual deterrent for anti-social behaviour specifically against knife crime.

“The community has engaged with us with open arms, we get complimented and support from everybody. “We are trying to recruit more volunteers so we can be out in the community even more frequently.

“We specifically need more men to join as women seem to be joining more than men.
“So far we’ve taken 39 weapons off the street and had 42 handed in to us.”

Before the start of the festivities local company Chigwell Window Centre presented the local Collier Row community group with a cheque of £4,000 to help them fund the carnival.

Locals had a fun afternoon in the sunshine and were able to watch the many acts on show.

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