Harold Hill host festival in honour of murdered Jodie

Harold Hill is soon to witness its first and biggest ever festival on September 7th, in Central Park.

The idea to host this festival in honour of murdered teenager Jodie Chesney, came from local Harold Hill resident Justin Vella who was rocked to the core with the tragic death of the teenager earlier this year in March.

Councillor Jan Sargent, one of the main event organisers told the Havering Daily, ‘We have been working really hard since March this year to put this family fun and music festival on.

The primary purpose is to raise awareness of serious youth crime and also to help raise much needed funds for youth activities in the area.

We are asking for volunteers to help during the day and have also arranged two drop in volunteer meetings before the festival. The first on 28th of August and the second on the 4th of September both from 6.30pm onwards at Myplace,  Dagnam park Drive.’

The aim of the festival is to raise awareness of knife crime and ongoing problems it is having on youngsters across the communities.

Councillor Sargent continued ‘Raising awareness of knife crime and raising money to inject into youth projects in our area is vital and to show our younger generation that there are other paths they can follow.’

The festival is hosting :

7 fantastic bands including Quo’d and Expose,3 Super Singers, Marching Bands, Majorettes, Irish Dancers and many other performers.

£5 wristbands for unlimited inflatable fun, ‘Centreforce’ Radio will be broadcasting live, plus fairground rides, lizard petting, zoo K9 Dog Show ,10 varieties of food stalls and licensed alcohol bars. Take a Knife Save a Life will also be in attendance.
There will be a special finale dedicated to Jodie Chesney and all the other victims of knife crime.

Councillor Sargent finished ‘I’d like to thank Havering Council for letting us use the park. This is going to be the biggest event Harold Hill has ever seen, so be a part of it!’


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