More than a thousand Westminster residents took the opportunity to soak up the last rays of summer by attending the Jubilee Good Neighbour Day on Saturday 1 September at the Paddington Recreation Ground in Maida Vale.
Organised by CityWest Homes, the event included a range of fun activities including fun fair rides, live entertainment, a talent show, a dog show, a bowling competition and information stalls.
Local residents picnicked on the grass as deputy Lord Mayor of Westminster and local resident, Councillor Jan Prendergast, opened the event.
Live performances from The Luck, a brother and sister duo and former Queen’s Park, and girl band The Wickets, got the crowd up dancing, while a rugby tackle demonstrated by an enthusiastic young resident on housing manager Ahad Miah got the biggest cheer during the talent show.
The response was overwhelmingly positive, with many residents asking if there would be another event next year. One young lady told us that the actions of the St John’s Ambulance team, who attended two small incidents near the event, inspired her to learn more about first aid.
One of the highlights of the day was the dog show with breeds ranging from a tiny Pomeranian puppy to large German Shepherd and Staffordshire bull terriers. Categories ranged from best puppy, best senior, Miss Diva, Mr Slick, best rescue dog, I love my Staffi and best in show. Best in show was awarded to Cedar the German Shepherd. Judges found the best rescue category hardest to judge because they all had very sad stories. The eventual winner was Tyson, a tiny Yorkshire Terrier who had been thrown through a window.
Funding for the event came from CityWest Homes and local ward councillors.