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Residents honoured with their first Community Christmas Tree


‘Tis the season to be jolly, and the team at Barking Riverside are busy spreading Christmas cheer.

The festive fun began on Monday with Barking Riverside’s inaugural Christmas Light Switch On event. Local residents, proud parents, Headteacher Chris Harrison and Cllr Cameron Geddes watched pupils from The George Carey Primary School, George Reardon, Timi Sanni and Emily Honeywell, illuminate the first ever community Christmas tree outside the Rivergate Centre.

The school choir and local residents also performed carols under the spectacular 30ft tree. Positioned in the heart of the development, outside the Rivergate Centre, the tree was kindly donated by DF Clark Bionomique, with decorations sponsored by The Knight Group and Ardent Consulting Engineers. Children from the school’s Art Club also produced a large star to place on top of the tree.

Richard Southall, L&Q’s Assistant Director for Barking Riverside Limited (BRL) comments, “This is BRL’s first Christmas here at Barking Riverside, so it was important for us to start as we mean to go on – putting the local community at the centre of all our activities.  The switch on was a wonderful opportunity to bring local residents together and enjoy some wonderful Christmas carolling.”

The merrymaking continues on Thursday 15th December, when, disguised as Father Christmas and his Elves, the Barking Riverside Project Team will deliver over 800 presents to The George Carey Primary School and Nursery, donating a Christmas gift for every child.