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21 July 2012

Hackney Central village fete welcomes Olympic torch

HACKNEY Central greeted the Olympic torch with live entertainment and a village fete-style event on Saturday 21 July, as part of the One Hackney Festival.

The party got going long before the torch even entered the borough – with a  fete and singers, dancers and comedians performing in the Town Hall Square.

Hundreds of residents gathered outside the Town Hall from 2pm to enjoy entertainment programmed by Hackney Empire and Hackney Picturehouse, before the torch passed along Mare Street just before 6pm.

Acts included pupils from the Anna Fiorentini Stage School, who sang and danced to a medley of songs including ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’; The City Academy Band, a 10-piece group of 10 to 14-year-olds; and young performers from the Radio 1 Comedy Academy.

Event host Kat B also got some of the youngest members of the audience up for a dancing competition.

Bradley Cumberbatch, 21, and Scarlett Scanlon, 24, opened the stage, hosting the first part of the afternoon. They both took part in the Empire’s artist development programme as teenagers, and now work as mentors on the scheme.

Scarlett said: “It’s great to be part of a such a special day for Hackney; you can feel it getting more and more exciting as the day goes on.”

Jamila Stevens, 34, was at the Town Hall with her two children, Angel, seven, and Tia, four. She said: “After the riots last summer, this has really brought everyone together. It’s great for the kids, and we’re all really excited about seeing
the torch.”

Further down Mare Street, there was a village fete-style event in the Narrow Way and St John’s Churchyard, which drew a steady stream of visitors throughout the day.

It incorporated Hackney Homemade Market. Jane McIntyre, who runs the weekly event, said: “It’s a beautiful day and good turn out. The market is rooted in the community and today we wanted to bring the village fete to Hackney. It’s exciting that the torch is coming and that the Olympics are happening on our doorstep.”

View photos from the Village Fete below:

The village fete at Hackney Central brought in a steady stream of visitors

The village fete at Hackney Central brought in a steady stream of visitors

The village fete at Hackney Central brought in a steady stream of visitors An unexpected guest dropped in on Hackney Central Village Fete Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe, greets torchbearer Takeshi Bailey

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