Kids get free bikes in Bethnal Green’s Eid festival

Lucky five get their bikes from neighbourhood police support officer David Crow

Lucky five get their bikes from neighbourhood police support officer David Crow - Credit: TH Community Housing

Lucky children received gifts of bicycles from a neighbourhood police support officer at a bike safety workshop for kids.

Traditional Bengali dancing

Traditional Bengali dancing - Credit: TH Community Housing

They youngsters joined the workshop run by Bikeworks community enterprise held at Bethnal Green’s Minerva community centre.

Hena hand painting

Hena hand painting - Credit: TH Community Housing

It was part of Tower Hamlets Community Housing’s Eid celebrations attended by 500 people from its housing estates.

Youngsters were taught proper bike maintenance and road safety as part of the activities being laid on.

But five who turned up didn’t have bikes—so neighbourhood police support officer David Crow gave them each one that had been reconditioned by Bikeworks, paid for by Tower Hamlets youth service.

The council’s youth service manager Gwen Jones said: “We were glad to hand over the bikes and hope the kids take good care of them and ride safely.”

London Assembly member John Biggs turned up at the celebrations joking about making his debut appearance with his new, shorn haircut cropped close to the scalp. Members of the UK Youth Carrom Academy were there to teach him how to play the popular Carrom Asian board game.

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The housing organisation’s Shamim Hossain said: “It was wonderful seeing so many people out meeting their neighbours.”

Organisers also laid on activities such as hena painting, face painting, skateboarding lessons and entertainment including traditional Bengali and popular Bollywood dances. Volunteers from a local Bengali association were there to help out on the day.

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