A lively event injected a “sense of culture and community” into Canning Town with two days of street food feasts, drink and song.
Residents flocked to the Rathbone Market Festival on Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, 9 – held in association with HeartFM and the English Cities Fund (ECf) which is a joint venture responsible for the £180million redevelopment of the area.
A wide range of activities were held to celebrate the regeneration of the market, which includes re-paving, seating and new market stalls, as well as improved subway links beneath Newham Way to Canning Town station.
During the event, Theatre Royal Stratford East’s choir, the Stratford East Singers, entertained the crowds while shoppers perused goods on offer from various traders.
There was also a live DJ while Heart FM’s Angels teamed up with young visitors for face paining and a giant Connect 4.
ECf development director and head of the Rathbone Market Festival Duncan Cumberland said: “Together with the redevelopment and events such as this weekend’s festival, Rathbone Market has been given a real new lease of life.”
The scheme is the flagship development within Newham Council’s Canning Town and Custom House £3.7billion regeneration programme.
The market’s redevelopment will deliver more than 650 new homes, 45,000sq ft of retail floor space, 12,000sq ft of new community facilities and two new public spaces, including the new Rathbone Market.
Following its refurbishment, the market opens at Rathbone Market Square in Barking Road on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9am-6pm.