Island Gardens glistens under its Christmas tree

By Rob Virtue on December 18, 2013 11:24 AM |

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Hundreds turned out for the unveiling of the first ever Island Gardens Christmas tree last week.

Chief executive of Canary Wharf Group Sir George Iacobescu turned on the lights and was then part of the crowd, which gathered round the 30ft tree and sang carols last Thursday evening.

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"This is one of the best views in one of the best places in London," he said. "And we'd like to remain friends and sponsors of this area which makes us proud.

"Hopefully these lights will communicate with our lights at Canary Wharf."

Also among the crowd was Poplar and Limehouse MP Jim Fitzpatrick while Susan Bennett organised a carol service.

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The event was organised by Friends Of Island Gardens, which is led by activist Eric Pemberton.

Eric said: "Everybody's absolutely delighted with how the event went. It was a great success."

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The Island Gardens charity was established in August to protect the park and promote community events.

So far the Tower Hamlets Council's Clean And Green team, who also supplied the Christmas tree, have planted four thousand daffodils, which will bloom twice next year.

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There will also be poppies and bluebells in a bid to create a red, white and blue colour-scheme in time for summer 2014, to mark the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War.

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