A record crowd of more than 50,000 people enjoyed the fun and entertainment at the Mayor’s Newham Show.
The free event organised by Newham Council saw East Ham’s Central Park buzzing with a wide range of events for all ages including live music, a pop up beach and sports taster sessions.
This year’s theme was 50 Years of Newham, as the borough marks five decades since its1965 creation.
The highlight of the two-day event was when 2,000 schoolchildren from 22 of the borough’s schools took part in a carnival procession.
Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales said: “The show keeps going from strength to strength with this year’s being the biggest and best ever.
“It was great to see all the residents getting involved, taking part in the activities, enjoying the entertainment and finding out about the work of the council.
“The highlight of the weekend for me was the carnival. So many schools and community groups took part, showcasing their amazing talents and how proud they are to live in this amazing borough.”
The event, which took place on Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12, included performances from Britain’s Got Talent finalists IMD Legion and Revelation Avenue, The Voice UK finalist Emmanuel Nwamadi as well as CBBC presenter Ben Shires and Cbeebies characters Cook and Line and Postman Pat.
Double 2012 Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockroft and Team GB sprinter Bianca Williams also attended the show to promote the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, which will take place at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford from Friday, July 24 and Sunday, July 26.
Hannah, who competes in the IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final on Sunday, July 19, said: “It’s crazy to think we are three years down the line from London 2012 but being back in Newham brings those memories back.
“It’s going to be amazing to get back in the stadium, I have so many great memories there.
“It was great to come along to the Mayor’s Newham Show and meet local residents to see their excitement for events that are happening right on their doorstep.
“London was unique in that it was a real watershed moment where people saw Paralympians as athletes first and foremost. It wasn’t about disabilities, it was about sport.
“I’m so pleased the legacy is continuing.”
Traditional village fete the Best In Show competition proved popular alongside the selection of plants and flowers that were on sale and arts and craft activities taking place.
Next month the council will host its annual four-day music event Under the Stars in Central Park.
Acts booked include Maxi Priest, Jassi Sidhu, Hot Chocolate and Laura Wright with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.