The sun shone on Thamesmead on Saturday as an estimated 20,000 festival- goers enjoyed a day of music and fun at the annual Trust Thamesmead Summer Festival.
A packed music stage with a line up featuring four decades of pop music saw Trust Thamesmead's T Factor winners, Audio Hawk headline this year's Trust Thamesmead Summer Festival, which featured big name acts - The Real Thing, Showaddywaddy, Sybil, The Honeyz and Antony Costa, all of whom sung live on the main stage which featured a 24 foot long catwalk.
John Keating, John Arundel and Sean Folayan, all aged 12, blew the crowd away. “That was amazing!” said Audio Hawk lead singer John (Keating), who was seen with his band mates outside the backstage area after their performance signing autographs for their new found fans.
The three piece rock group headlined after Jamelia, who was scheduled to top the bill, cried off just hours before she was due on stage saying she had food poisoning but her non-appearance did nothing to spoil the day.
“Audio Hawk was absolutely amazing,” said Trust Thamesmead's Arts & Events Coordinator, Danny Thorpe. “To be told you are headlining such a huge event just hours before performing and to pull it off as they did, just shows what professionals they are. The T Factor judges definitely made the right choice in choosing Audio Hawk as their winner.”
This year's festival, which doubled as Thamesmead's 40th birthday party, started with a bang as a 16' birthday cake float, which had paraded along the streets of Thamesmead with up to 400 Thamesmead primary school pupils in the Taru/Trust Thamesmead Summer Festival School Parade, exploded confetti in Birchmere Park.
The Chair of Trust Thamesmead, Jackie Smith said: “We are so proud to be the organisers of this event. It gives local residents the opportunity to get together for a fantastic day out and sends out the positive message that lots of good things happen in Thamesmead and it's a great place to live”
“If you attended the festival we would love to know what you thought of the event and would welcome any suggestions for the future.”
The ever-popular Gallions Housing Association's beach was bigger and better than ever before and featured a Pirates of the Caribbean Captain Jack Sparrow look-a-like and lots of fun and games.
Other popular attractions included the cAve mobile climbing wall, Thamesmead Town Football Club's ‘beat the goalie' competition, Charlton Athletic FC's five-a-side pitch, the circus, giant inflatables and the community stalls.
“The Trust Thamesmead Summer Festival is all about bringing the community together “said Danny. “It was great to see so many residents turn up and enjoy the day.
“Thank you to all our sponsors - Bexley Council, Greenwich Council, Tilfen Land, Axis Europe Plc, London City Airport, Gallions Housing Association and Thames Water - without you the day would not have been such a success.”