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12 Dec 2017 | Community News


‘Tis the season to be jolly, and the team at Barking Riverside London have been busy spreading Christmas cheer, organising two events in the lead up to the holiday season.

Varsha Patel, Marketing, PR and Events Manager for Barking Riverside London comments, “Following on from the success of last year’s inaugural Christmas Lights switch on at The Rivergate Centre, we were pleased to return to the Rivergate Centre to continue this festive tradition. This year, we were also proudly supporting the first-ever Christmas Tree switch on in Thames View. Both switch ons were a wonderful opportunity to bring local residents together, and we were delighted to welcome everyone to Thames View and The Rivergate Centre.”

The festive fun all took place on Tuesday 12th December at Thames View Junior School, when over 100 pupils from the Junior and Infant schools illuminated the first-ever Thames View Christmas tree – arranged by Barking Riverside London. The school choir performed a selection of carols under the spectacular 30ft tree and were handing out festive biscuits and mince pies.

Sara Rider, Headteacher at Thames View Junior school, said “It was a joy to host Thames View’s very first community Christmas tree switch on, which was enjoyed by parents and children from both the Junior and Infants School. We really appreciate the support from BRL in making this happen!”.

Later on that day, the second annual tree lighting ceremony took place at The Rivergate Centre, with a second 30ft tree switching on at 3.50pm. Local residents were also able to enjoy carols from the George Carey Primary School Choir.

Both trees were donated by DF Clark Bionomique with lighting from Barking Riverside London, and the events were sponsored by CGL and Tom Blackwell.

Adam Branson, Principal Engineer at CGL, comments: “CGL are proud to have been involved in the Barking Riverside project for the past 5 years, and are similarly pleased to be able to support the local community through the sponsorship of this year’s community Christmas Trees.  All at CGL would like to wish BRL, and the wider Barking community a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”.