Photographer LEE TOWNSEND was at yesterday’s splash of September colour that was the Thornton Heath Festival and provides this photo-story
The annual Thornton Heath Festival is a real coming together of the whole of the local community in the north of the borough.
Preceded by a carnival procession, and with more than 100 food and drink stalls available, the six-hour event included music performances from a range of acts on stage, including Triniboi Joocie, Kimberley SK and Tamil Cultural Dancers, to the delight of the large crowds, most of whom kept smiling through the sometimes chilly and showery September afternoon.
The Mayor of Croydon, Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, pictured left, together with other local councillors, was on hand to thank volunteers and community groups for their time and efforts in making the 2016 Thornton Heath Festival such a successful day.
As well as the Caribbean dance troupes usually associated with carnival, there were also uniformed cadets marching in the parade, as well as Tamil dancers and other community groups represented.
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