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Street party celebrates hall where Gandhi stayed on London visit

PUBLISHED: 22:07 25 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:29 05 October 2010

A REUNION street party is being held for the 80th anniversary of the East End’s famous Kingsley Hall where Mahatma Gandhi stayed in 1935. Organisers have invited groups that have used the community hall in Bromley-by-Bow over the past eight decades to meet up again on August 2

A REUNION street party is being held for the 80th anniversary of the East End's famous Kingsley Hall where Mahatma Gandhi stayed in 1935.

Organisers have invited groups that have used the community hall in Bromley-by-Bow over the past eight decades to meet up again on August 2.

Entertainment being laid on includes a street dance performance from Visions, a group based at Kingsley Hall, and ITV Hell's Kitchen finalist celebrity chef Gary Tomlin cooking his Halal jerk chicken.

Groups such as the Gandhi Foundation and CND are running stalls, while in the Peace Garden next to the centre has a bouncy castle, story telling and face painting for children and a cafe with vegetarian food from around the world.

A procession with banners winds its way along Powis Road towards the end of the party, accompanied by African drummers.

Youngsters who have been holding banner-making sessions at the Children's House nursery and Old Palace Primary school are joining the procession.

Kingsley Hall is where Ghandi decided to stay instead of a West End hotel when he arrived in London for the 1935 conference on India's future.

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