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Bermondsey Street Festival: pictures

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The first Bermondsey Street Festival brought stalls and music to Tanner Street Park on Saturday.

Andrew Logan
Andrew Logan
Andrew Logan
Andrew Logan cuts the ribbon to open the festival
The Quay Players
Local theatre group The Quay Players perform songs from 'Crazy for You'
Doris at the Bermondsey Street dog show
Doris, winner of the mutts section of the dog show
Cllr Bob Skelly
Mayor of Southwark Cllr Bob Skelly congratulates the winner of the pedigree section of the dog show
Local band The Turns
Local band The Turns
Art at the Bermondsey Street Festival
Children were invited to decorate panels fixed to the fence around the tennis courts
Festival patron Zandra Rhodes
Festival patron Zandra Rhodes is Bermondsey Street's best-known resident

Organised by the Bermondsey Street Area Partnership, the theme of the event was 'Celebrating Creativity' – and local artist Andrew Logan was on hand to cut the ribbon and declare the festival open.

Local amateur dramatics group The Quay Players, who rehearase in St Anne's Church Hall in Thorburn Square, performed numbers from their summer show Crazy for You.

Live music on the main stage included a set from local band The Turns.

Bermondsey historian Jennie Howells led two guided walks around the area.

Some of the biggest crowds of the day were drawn to the dog show. Bermondsey's finest pets strutted their stuff in an arena marked with bales of straw. Mayor of Southwark Cllr Bob Skelly announced the winner of the pedigree class and festival patron Zandra Rhodes arrived from LA just in time to deliver the final results.

The overall winner will receive a custom-made collar from the new Holly&Lil 'collar couture' shop on Bermondsey Street.

The evening was rounded off with a screening of short films about the area made by Shortwave Films which will operate the new digital cinema now under construction in Bermondsey Square.

The festival received funding from the Bermondsey Community Council Fund, Igloo Regeneration (developers of Bermondsey Square) and Oakmayne (developers of the Recall site) and was supported by other local business including Colorset.


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