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Fantastical fun at Victoria Park's Paradise Gardens

PUBLISHED: 19:00 21 June 2010 | UPDATED: 16:11 05 October 2010

The finale show

The finale show "Wishful" performed on the lake at the Paradise Gardens Festival Sat 19th June 2010. Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets, London

VICTORIA Park was transformed into an old fashioned pleasure garden with a modern twist at the weekend. The park s lake came to life as fountains showered the water with fire and light and giant sea creatures and swans glided across the surface in a spect

VICTORIA Park was transformed into an old fashioned pleasure garden with a modern twist at the weekend.

The park's lake came to life as fountains showered the water with fire and light and giant sea creatures and swans glided across the surface in a spectacular pyrotechnic finale on Saturday evening.

During the waterborne performance, hand made illuminated wishing lanterns, made by the East End's schoolchildren, carried people's pledges to honour and respect the planet across the water.

The two day festival saw thousands of people flock to the park on Saturday and Sunday to listen to live music programmed by the Barbican, watch performances by avant-garde theatre companies, dance the day away in the Electro Ballroom or browse the stalls of the urban village fete.

Families also let their hair down on the rides at Carter's Steam fair and watched performances of the Footsbarn travelling theatre company's production of Sorry! in the big top.

Sorry! is on in Victoria Park until Sunday, July 4. Tickets cost £15 for Tower hamlets residents from 0845 120 7511.


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