Grahame Park Festival pulls in the crowds

Times Series: Children enjoy an ice-cream after having their faces painted Children enjoy an ice-cream after having their faces painted

Music, games and a bouncy castle kept the crowds entertained at a family fun day. 

Hundreds of people gathered in Heybourne Park open space on Saturday to celebrate more than ten years of the Grahame Park Festival.

Festival-goers were also treated to a dance stage and face-painting sessions at the free event, which was coordinated by Genesis Housing Association.

Genesis Housing took the opportunity to tell people living in the area about opportunities and services on offer in Colindale, such as training and childcare, as well as a residents' association. 

Sherine McFarlane, head of social and economic regeneration at Genesis, said: "The festival was a great success - it was wonderful to see so many residents getting together to have some fun and find out more about what's on offer in their community. 

"The day is always a major highlight in the Grahame Park calendar - it's a chance for us to give something back to the community and celebrate the long-term transformation of the area."

Grahame Park is one of Barnet's largest regeneration schemes, and will provide 3,000 new homes when all phases of the 18-year project are completed in 2028. 

The regeneration project is led by Genesis in partnership with Barnet Borough Council and Countryside Properties PLC.

Other organisations also took part on Saturday including Barnet Homes, Colindale Community Trust, the RAF Museum, Barnet and Southgate College and Nutmeg Community.

The MP for Hendon Matthew Offord and London Assembly Member for Barnet and Hendon Andrew Dismore, also dropped by to speak to festival-goers. 

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