First Heart of Wembley festival a huge success

Actor Samuell Benta opened the Heart of Wembley festival, here with Osita Udenson, who helped Wemble

Actor Samuell Benta opened the Heart of Wembley festival, here with Osita Udenson, who helped Wembley Futures organise it Pic credit: Francis Henry - Credit: Archant

The first festival led by a Wembley community went so well they are hoping to hold another next year.

Karan's Bollywood Masterclass performed at Heart of Wembley Festival Pic credit: Francis Henry

Karan's Bollywood Masterclass performed at Heart of Wembley Festival Pic credit: Francis Henry - Credit: Archant

The Heart of Wembley festival which ran along Wembley High Road from Park Lane towards the Triangle had plenty to entertain the young and the old.

Actor Samuell Benta, one of the Power Rangers, opened the festival which was organised by Wembley Futures, the organisation given lottery funding to improve their community.

Christian Lee, who wowed the nation with his magic on Britain’s Got Talent, surprised the crowd with his tricks.

Osita Udensen. festival organiser with daughter Biba the Heart of Wembley Festival Pic credit: F

Osita Udensen. festival organiser with daughter Biba the Heart of Wembley Festival Pic credit: Francis Henry - Credit: Archant

There were stage performances including Karan’s Bollywood Masterclass and Soca Music and Dance by Trini Boi Joocie.


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Residents enjoyed facepainting, crafts, stalls and an array of international food.

Jaine Lunn, Wembley Futures treasurer, said: “We launched Wembley Futures with the festival so we could get the neighbourhood together and get their ideas on how to spend the money we’ve been allocated.

Young and old had their face painted at the Heart of Wembley Festival Pic credit: Francis Henry

Young and old had their face painted at the Heart of Wembley Festival Pic credit: Francis Henry - Credit: Archant

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“We pulled it together under three months with the help of Osita Udenson, who organised the French Markets and it went really well.

“All the community groups came, the children’s area was a massive success. Trini got everybody excited when he bought on his dancers with their carnival gear on.

“We had one person faint but beyond that the first aiders didn’t have much to do and Wembley Crime Prevention was there and reported no crime. Everybody got on like a house of fire.

 Fun was at the centre of the Heart of Wembley Festival Pic credit: Francis Henry

Fun was at the centre of the Heart of Wembley Festival Pic credit: Francis Henry - Credit: Archant

“I hope we can do one every year.”

Francis Henry, of Daniels Estate Agents, who sponsored the event with the Hub housing group, said: “It was really successful. Vendors were telling us they want to come back and do it again.”

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