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Victoria Park top of Green Flag poll as ‘people’s choice’ for Keep Britain Tidy award

PUBLISHED: 15:35 31 October 2014 | UPDATED: 15:35 31 October 2014

.Creative Unity steel band banging the drum for Vicky Park

.Creative Unity steel band banging the drum for Vicky Park

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The People of London’s East End have been banging the drum to celebrate their favourite Victoria Park topping the Green Flag poll as Britain’s best public space.

Little Delaney gets a lift from a stilt walker at Vicky ParkLittle Delaney gets a lift from a stilt walker at Vicky Park

Town Hall bosses laid on fairground attractions yesterday, with stilt walkers and children’s entertainment to celebrate beating off stiff competition from all over the country for the People’s Choice 2014.

Vicky Park scored 32,000 votes in the contest by Keep Britain Tidy, which gives out Green Flag Award status to the best municipal open spaces in the country.

It came out on top out of 1,482 award-winning sites.

But it wasn’t the first time east London has topped the green poll—Vicky Park won the accolade in 2012 and was a runner-up last year.

Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman unveiled a plaque at the Hub Building in the park, attended by park staff and officials from Keep Britain Tidy.

“We have known for a long time that Victoria Park is amazing,” he boasted. “I’m glad it has been recognised nationally—once again.”

The local council cuts the grass and tidies up at 100 public parks and open spaces.

Best loved of all is Vicky Park, which plays host next month to the Winterville ‘city of fun’ festival up to New Year’s Eve.

A magical outdoor ice-rink, huge Ferris wheel, indoor pub and even a farmers’ street market are being laid on.

Children’s activities include east London’s acclaimed House of Fairy Tales—and of course a traditional Santa’s grotto.

Main fairground attraction is the original ‘Wall of Death’ where motorcycle riders perform daring stunts, unaware of Newton’s law of gravity.

But they’ll have to get the brooms out afterwards if it’s to win the Green Flag again next year.


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