East End sports carnival in heatwave marks summer Olympics anniversary

Cousins Paige (left) and Sophie Dunn having fun at the carnical

Cousins Paige (left) and Sophie Dunn having fun at the carnical - Credit: Archant

The East End of London celebrated the first anniversary of last summer’s Olympics being staged on its doorstep with a sports carnival.

Brothers Idor (left) and Bryn Dickinson learning to canoe at Mile End carnival

Brothers Idor (left) and Bryn Dickinson learning to canoe at Mile End carnival - Credit: Archant

The idea was to keep fit—but it turned into a real holiday atmosphere in the in the sweltering heatwave.

Faycal Noureddine, 5, is up the wall at Mile End carnival

Faycal Noureddine, 5, is up the wall at Mile End carnival - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of families turned up for Saturday’s free six-hour festival staged at Mile End Park by the Regent’s Canal.

Entertainer at Mile End Sporting Carnival

Entertainer at Mile End Sporting Carnival - Credit: Archant

They got the chance to try out free outdoor activities including giant inflatable games and traditional sports like tennis and basketball.

The carnival laid on by Tower Hamlets Parks department included activities such as sailing and canoeing simulators and taekwondo.


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“The carnival was a great way to encourage young people to try out a new sport,” said a Parks Department spokesman.

“It also allowed everyone to improve their health by getting fit and active—as well as enjoying themselves.”

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