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The One Hackney Festival - 21 July 2012 


103,000 people came out on 21 July to welcome the Olympic torch to the borough and join the One Hackney Festival.

Events kicked off with a colourful parade, where 400 carnival performers from Rio joined local groups to brighten the streets and build ties between London and the 2016 Olympic host city.

The procession set off from Pitfield Street, N1, and featured over 1,500 performers. Led by 'St George and th e Dragon' - the patron saint of samba - the parade snaked its way up through Dalston and Stoke Newington, finishing at Clissold Park by 2pm. View photos of the Parade.

Meanwhile, the Olympic flame followed close behind. Just before 4pm, rapper Dizzee Rascal handed the torch over from Tower Hamlets to Hackney and a host of inspirational residents carried the torch across the borough.

They included Takashi Bailey, 24; Alpha Kamara, 18; Sean Glendinning, 16; Jonty Wareing, 28; and Olive Lycett, 40. Speaking after she ran with the torch, Olive said: "I'm delighted that we saw Hackney 'in a bottle' on the parade, and that everyone came and worked together." View photos of the Torch relay

In other parts of the borough, communities came out in force to welcome the torch. Dalston's Gillett Square hosted live music and dance, while along Regent's Canal, the Shoreditch Festival offered music, entertainment, crafts, boats and floats. Hackney Central held a village fete and stage outside the Town Hall, featuring local musicians, dancers and comedians until the torch arrived at 5.55pm.

Mayor Jules Pipe, who greeted torchbearers at Hackney Town Hall, said: "Hackney welcomed the torch in style and thousands of people turned out to watch the parade and the spectacular One Hackney Festival."

The torch then went on to Mabley Green, where Hackney Homes held a fun day, before it left the borough shortly before 6.30pm. View photos of the Mabley Green Hackney Homes fun day

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Page updated: 28 Jan 2013 

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