Lloyd Park hosted two days of live music and theatre performances to thousands of revellers

Thousands turn-out for borough's biggest garden party

Crowds enjoy performances on day 1 of the Barbican stage

Hundreds of children sing and dance to headline performances

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A Walthamstow park played host to the borough's biggest garden party over the weekend. 

Huge crowds gathered all-day at Lloyd Park on Saturday and Sunday for the Walthamstow Garden Party, a celebration organised by the council in conjunction with the Barbican Centre and Create London. 

Over 33,700 revellers made the most of the two-stage festival by bringing family picnics and relaxing in the sunshine as UK and international acts took to the stage.

By mid-afternoon on both days, the festival had reached capacity and long queues were seen snaking around the park entrance into nearby residential streets. 

There was a range of musical talent on show from recognised bands such as the Brand New Heavies and the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain to Ivory Coast reggae star Tiken Jah Fakoly and the Japiur Kawa Brass Band from India. 

As the festival got underway, Barbican and Create London entertained crowds with theatrical and dance performances by Blue Boy Entertainment, Bollywood Vibes and the Gravity Circus Centre. 

Parents looking to relax and keep their children entertained could watch their children have fun in a special under 5s garden party or chill out in the soul DJ's picnic zone. 

Stalls and activities over the weekend consisted of cycling, bowling and local brands including the E17 Designers Market and the Real Food Festival tent. 

A massive clean-up is now underway by the council's waste management team. 

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11:56am Mon 28 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

It is just wonderful to live in E17 these days, not E4, E10.

Although I rent, property prices are booming and there is a feel good factor here especially in the village. Some small houses being sold for 750k with a queue waiting to gazump and do the dirty. These are exciting times, people want to be here rather than the other 'in place' Hackney.

It was electric yesterday, everyone was in high spirits. It can only get better, new Multiplex Cinema, Shopping Centre, money being invested. Walthamstow is on the map at last.
It is just wonderful to live in E17 these days, not E4, E10. Although I rent, property prices are booming and there is a feel good factor here especially in the village. Some small houses being sold for 750k with a queue waiting to gazump and do the dirty. These are exciting times, people want to be here rather than the other 'in place' Hackney. It was electric yesterday, everyone was in high spirits. It can only get better, new Multiplex Cinema, Shopping Centre, money being invested. Walthamstow is on the map at last. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -8

5:36pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Turndownforwhat says...

Can't stand that dude in the purple shirt.
Can't stand that dude in the purple shirt. Turndownforwhat
  • Score: 12

5:56pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Howard Wolowitz says...

Walthamstow prices at the peak, the only way is doon.
Walthamstow prices at the peak, the only way is doon. Howard Wolowitz
  • Score: -2

8:31am Tue 29 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

Is the Dude in the purple shirt the famous Chef , John Favreau?
Is the Dude in the purple shirt the famous Chef , John Favreau? Villagecranberry
  • Score: 0

12:23pm Tue 29 Jul 14

sport89 says...

So that dude is the face chosen to represent Walthamstow's marquee event . . . Hmmm . . Well at least he's 'enthusiastic'; not sure there is actually any music playing!
So that dude is the face chosen to represent Walthamstow's marquee event . . . Hmmm . . Well at least he's 'enthusiastic'; not sure there is actually any music playing! sport89
  • Score: 4

1:54pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Quintilius says...

Turndownforwhat wrote:
Can't stand that dude in the purple shirt.
David Carpenter
[quote][p][bold]Turndownforwhat[/bold] wrote: Can't stand that dude in the purple shirt.[/p][/quote]David Carpenter Quintilius
  • Score: 0

5:52pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Mbizzle says...

Why not choose such an avid music lover to represent Walthamstow's marquee event... I have heard that the gentlemen in question has an eclectic taste in music and does not deserve to be trolled online.
Why not choose such an avid music lover to represent Walthamstow's marquee event... I have heard that the gentlemen in question has an eclectic taste in music and does not deserve to be trolled online. Mbizzle
  • Score: -2

8:16pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

Mbizzle wrote:
Why not choose such an avid music lover to represent Walthamstow's marquee event... I have heard that the gentlemen in question has an eclectic taste in music and does not deserve to be trolled online.
I think people are generally congratulating him for his enthusiastic disco moves and party wear. Like Top of the Pops, they always use to put the best looking and the best dancers at the front. Same on Top Gear, all the appealing ones are at the front...er except Clarkson, that is.
[quote][p][bold]Mbizzle[/bold] wrote: Why not choose such an avid music lover to represent Walthamstow's marquee event... I have heard that the gentlemen in question has an eclectic taste in music and does not deserve to be trolled online.[/p][/quote]I think people are generally congratulating him for his enthusiastic disco moves and party wear. Like Top of the Pops, they always use to put the best looking and the best dancers at the front. Same on Top Gear, all the appealing ones are at the front...er except Clarkson, that is. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -1

11:42pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Turndownforwhat says...

sport89 wrote:
So that dude is the face chosen to represent Walthamstow's marquee event . . . Hmmm . . Well at least he's 'enthusiastic'; not sure there is actually any music playing!
I know the ladies to the right, they used to work for the NHS but believe they are care workers now. It's good to see they are taking the less fortunate of the community to events like this. I think its a great community effort to help those with learning difficulties.
[quote][p][bold]sport89[/bold] wrote: So that dude is the face chosen to represent Walthamstow's marquee event . . . Hmmm . . Well at least he's 'enthusiastic'; not sure there is actually any music playing![/p][/quote]I know the ladies to the right, they used to work for the NHS but believe they are care workers now. It's good to see they are taking the less fortunate of the community to events like this. I think its a great community effort to help those with learning difficulties. Turndownforwhat
  • Score: 7

9:41pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Reverend Hewitt says...

sport89 wrote:
So that dude is the face chosen to represent Walthamstow's marquee event . . . Hmmm . . Well at least he's 'enthusiastic'; not sure there is actually any music playing!
The general media has a tendency towards stigmatising the mentally malnourished by only covering them in articles revolving around disheartening subject matter. I for one wish that they would feature more heavily in pieces that cover the more joyful aspects of society. With that said, I applaud the local guardian for letting one of god's special creatures be the face of such a wonderful event. Amen.
[quote][p][bold]sport89[/bold] wrote: So that dude is the face chosen to represent Walthamstow's marquee event . . . Hmmm . . Well at least he's 'enthusiastic'; not sure there is actually any music playing![/p][/quote]The general media has a tendency towards stigmatising the mentally malnourished by only covering them in articles revolving around disheartening subject matter. I for one wish that they would feature more heavily in pieces that cover the more joyful aspects of society. With that said, I applaud the local guardian for letting one of god's special creatures be the face of such a wonderful event. Amen. Reverend Hewitt
  • Score: 5

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