The Mayor's Newham Show

By / 18 July 2013

The Mayor's Newham Show

Sizzling sunshine and warm smiles was the order of the day as almost 50,000 people enjoyed a glorious weekend of free family fun at the Mayor's Newham Show.

The fabulously hot weather brought residents to East Ham's Central Park in huge numbers for the annual fiesta that included a colourful carnival procession by schoolchildren on Saturday and appearances by BBC TV sensations the Zingzillas on Sunday.

Mayor Sir Robin Wales: "This weekend's show showed Newham at its best. Our community came together as one to enjoy the superb entertainment. And the brilliant hot weather topped the lot.

"Almost 50,000 people coming to the show can't be wrong. That is why we continue to do more than any other borough to provide opportunities for free for people to get together in this way and enjoy themselves."

The carnival procession around the streets of East Ham kicked off proceedings on Saturday. The theme was the changing of the four seasons representing Newham's regeneration and transformation. The parade was headed by Newham's lollipop men and women celebrating the 60th anniversary of the school crossing service. Children and performers also wore a host of colourful costumes and props that were used in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

The two days had something for everyone including a beach and donkey rides, a village fete, live music and cabaret, sports, food from around the world and a children's area. As well as the ZingZillas on Sunday, popular BBC children's TV presenters Sid Sloane and Andy Day performed on Saturday. There were also spots for children from Newham's Every Child a Musician programme.

Music acts in the cabaret tent included Elvis tribute act Sal Bashir, band Candy Apple Blue, singer Sharn Adela and the Aveley and Newham Brass Band. There were also participation sports, Best in Show contests with prizes for best cakes, chutney and jam. People alo queued to have their picture taken with Olympic and Paralympic torches.

Sunday's programme also saw the Time to Shine talent quest final featuring talented performers who had previously auditioned in Newham's community forum areas. The winner was singer Jasmine Elcock representing Custom House and Canning Town who received her trophy from Young Mayor Rebekah Dike.



Mayor's Newham Show 2014

12 - 13 July 2014
Two days of free family fun and entertainment at Central Park, E6, starting with the superb Newham Carnival on Saturday.