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Crowds flock to Paddington Rec for MyWestminster Day

Sport, food and games in the sun

06 July, 2018 — By Tom Foot

The lost art of maypole dancing was on display 

ROWDS flocked to Paddington Rec on Sunday for the annual “MyWestminster Day” with a host of summer fun-time events, food stalls, crafts, sports and live music.

The free event aims to celebrate the “diversity of Westminster’s special neighbourhoods and people” with a range of activities including “zorb arena”, bungee run, trampolines, giant games, dance workshops and face painting.

There was also a chance for budding cricketers to learn how to bat and bowl with the MCC (the Marylebone Cricket Club), and beat the goalie with the QPG Community & Sports Hub and Protouch SA. Other sports events included a basketball challenge, mini-athletics and short tennis.

Stalls laid on foods from around the world and there was live music and entertainment from the Ebony Steel Band, Emile Bani, Peña Flamenca de Londres and musical theatre troupe West End Kids.

There were workshops and activities including street dance, Latin grooves and African dance.

Chinese dragon

Stressed out parents could find relaxation with an Indian head massage and there was free bike “MOTs”, yoga, ceramic-painting and jewellery. The council’s deputy leader David Harvey said: “MyWestminster Day was a huge success and it was wonderful to see so many people from all across Westminster and from such a wide range of community organisations in attendance.

“The weather was very kind to us and the huge variety of sports, food and music drew in a large crowd.

“It was great to have so many conversations with so many different people. I am already looking forward to next year and I am confident that this event can grow and grow.”

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