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Roman Road Festival Village Screen Sports Day [photoessay]

There was a great turnout for Roman Road Summer Festival’s Opening Sunday which somersaulted and backflipped onto Gladstone Place with the spectacular opening performance from IMD Legion dance crew. Tower Hamlets Tennis and West Ham Foundation gave skills workshops then the crowd watched the Wimbledon Men’s Final on the outdoors screen, with Pimms and Strawberries and Cream in hand.

IMD Legion dance crew performing on artificial grass lawn at Roman Road Summer Festival
IMD Legion dance crew © Oliver Lynton
Two girls in black and gold tracksuit from IMD dance crew black
IMD Legion dancers © Oliver Lynton
IMD Legion dancers performing in front of Roman Road outdoor screen
IMD Legion dance performance © Oliver Lynton
Boy planning outdoor connect four
Four in a row! © Oliver Lynton
Two girls with heads poking through fairground Aunt Sally board of East End Pearly Queens
Pearly Queens Down the Roman © Oliver Lynton
Young girl with face painted, Aunt Sally board East End style of Pearly Queen and Pearly King
Layers of artifice © Oliver Lynton
Children making Eid decorations with craft paper
Making Eid decorations © Oliver Lynton
Girl playing swing ball with table tennis in background
Racquet sports © Oliver Lynton
Black woman applying face paint to young asian girl at Roman Road Festival, London
Face painting from the Roman Road Adventure Playgroup team © Oliver Lynton
Two women and a man sitting on straw bales watching tennis on outdoor screen
Chatting over tennis © Oliver Lynton
Crowds watching Wimbledon closing ceremony, Djokovic holding trophy, outdoor screen with buntint
Djokovic won! © Oliver Lynton
Pimms bar at Roman Road Festival with plastic cups in rows filled with fruit
Pimms. Just add lemonade. © Oliver Lynton
Lemonade in large drinks dispensers at festival bar
Limehouse Laces football team ran the Limeade and Lemonade Stall © Oliver Lynton
Rows of cardboard cups filled with strawberries and squirty cream
Strawberries with a garland of cream © Oliver Lynton
British bulldog in a pram on an East London high street
British bulldog in a pram. Well, this is the Roman. © Oliver Lynton
Young boys and girls standing on a cart
The soap box cart made from bits of wood from Arbers on Roman Road © Oliver Lynton
Young woman sticking out her tongue as she hugs her mother
A Pimms moment © Oliver Lynton
Children playing tennis on artificial lawn in urban setting
Tower Hamlets Tennis giving tennis taster workshops © Oliver Lynton
White man and black man playing giant outdoor connect four
Giant Connect 4 – not just for kids © Oliver Lynton
Roman Road London traditional barrow stall at Roman Road Festival
The RomanRoadLDN selling RoRdLDN totes © Oliver Lynton
Festival drinks bar selling Prosecco and Aperol Spritz
Vinarius selling Italian sandwiches, Prosecco and Aperol Spritz © Oliver Lynton
Sausage rolls and orange juice on market food stall
GKelly Pie and Mash stall selling freshly baked sausage rolls © Oliver Lynton
Piles of savoury muffins on market stall
Muffins from Bow Belly © Oliver Lynton
Football coach teaching children penalty shoot out football skills
West Ham Foundation teaching penalty shoot out football skills © Oliver Lynton
Children in the audience sitting on artiificial grass lawn
Children in the audience © Oliver Lynton
Straw bales, umbrellas, watching Wimbledon tennis on outdoor screen
It wouldn’t be Wimbledon without a bit of rain © Oliver Lynton
young girl drawing with chalk on pavement
Young girl colouring in the pavement stencil © Oliver Lynton


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