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Cold enough to ice skate as East End goes Roman’ for Christmas

PUBLISHED: 14:53 11 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:53 05 October 2010

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Carmen Valino

MUMS and pupils put on their ice-skates when the school playground froze over as winter temperatures plummeted. It was really part of the festive warming up’ by market traders and shopkeepers down East London’s famous Roman Road Market. Meanwhile, in Poplar the kids got a treat when Titan the Robot turned up at Chrisp Street Market to switch on the Christmas lights

ABOVE: The scene in East London this week as the winter cold bites enough to go ice-skating in this school playground in Bow...

BELOW: Titan the Robot turns up for Christmas festivities at Poplar’s Christ Street market...

MUMS and pupils put on their ice-skates when it seemed the school playground had frozen over as winter temperatures plummeted.

It was really part of the festive warming up’ by market traders and shopkeepers down East London’s famous Roman Road Market.

They’re holding a Roman Christmas’ each Saturday, which got going when a temporary ice skating rink was set up in the playground of Old Ford Primary school.

Traders facing a hard winter with the credit crunch were hoping this would help avoid a freeze on spending this yultide.

They also treated shoppers to mince pies, mulled wine, and a chorus performing Christmas carols.

TITAN THE ROBOT

Meanwhile, two miles down the road in Poplar the kids were getting a treat when Titan the Robot turned up at Chrisp Street Market to switch on the Christmas lights.

Shoppers were entertained with fire juggling and street performers and got hot drinks and mice pies to fight-off the festive chill.

Youngsters from Marner, Culloden, Manorfield and Lansbury Lawrence primary schools sang carols along with older kids from Linc Crackers and Aberfeldy youth groups.

Father Christmas himself plans to visit Chrisp Street the Saturday after next, December 20, with free rides around the market, so we’re told.


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