Croydon acts steal the show at “fabulous” Thornton Heath Festival
Thousands of carnival lovers were dancing and singing on Sunday as they attended the annual Thornton Heath Festival – featuring talented Croydon performers.
Around 6,000 people were treated to live music and dance performances at Thornton Heath High Street as well as a vibrant carnival parade.
Crowds saw Croydon’s very own up-and-coming artist GTSolo, who grew up in Thornton Heath and still lives in Croydon, while dance groups like Flagz Mas Band and Tamil Cultural Dancers had many shaking their hips.
The Tamil Cultural Dancers took the stage
Councillor Callton Young OBE, who was elected for the West Thornton ward in May and is vice chairman of the Thornton Heath Festival Committee, expressed his delight at this year’s event.
He said: “The festival was absolutely fabulous. The weather held up and about 6,000 people came through the day and had a great carnival parade.
“The whole thing was peaceful. The crowd loved it.
“The Flagz Mas Band was leading the way and getting the crowd dancing.
“We had a local Thornton Heath artist called GTSolo. Thornton Heath has seen a lot of local talent over the years and it is great to see.
“It is great to get all of these groups and singers out on the High Street.”
There were live performances from the likes of Triniboi Joocie, One The Band and Kimberley SK while organisers also had belly dancer Chantel Phillips perform along with salsa dancer Ruth Ferguson.
Kimberley SK (left) and the Flagz Mas Band at the Thornton Heath FestivalCllr Young thanked all of the acts and organisers and said he is keen to continue the work he has already done now he is on the Council.
He added: “I came into politics to help make people’s lives better.
“It has been absolutely fabulous and I am continuing to do all the things I did in the community before. I continue to organise the Thornton Heath Festival and the CACFO (Croydon African Caribbean Family Organisation) because they are close to my heart.
“I am passionate about community and being a local councillor and being involved in local charities like CACFO and the Thornton Heath Festival is all about community.
Children got in the festival spirit by showing off their own dance moves on stage“Each year it is getting better. To start with we used to contact people ourselves but now they are contacting us.
“It is an honour. I think we would like to continue all of this and make sure our communities get the very best of everything and we can do all this by organising.”