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The Mayor’s Thames Festival

Up to half a million visitors came to SE1 this weekend for the Mayor's Thames Festival, two days of free events on and beside the River Thames.

Firing on the Foreshore
Firing on the Foreshore is an annual event organised by Bankside STEWards
Firing on the Foreshore
Pots made from Thames clay are fired on the beach and cooled by the rising tide
Thames Festival
Crowds on the riverside at City Hall. Spot the sailing boat. The Blue Ribbon Village offered stalls from dozens of waterways-related organisations.
Jono Coleman and JoAnne Good
Jono Coleman and JoAnne Good of BBC London chaired a debate at The Scoop about the future of the Thames. Panellists included George Nicholson of the L
Fireworks
Fireworks
Fireworks
Fireworks
The Mayor’s Thames Festival
Picture by Anthony Hassiotis
The Mayor’s Thames Festival
Picture by Anthony Hassiotis

In 2005 the festival was attended by over 470,000 people. This year's event was even bigger, filling the southern riverside walkway between Westminster Bridge and Tower Bridge.

"The Mayor's Thames Festival celebrates our great river, which is central to London's history and its future," said the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone. "This unmissable event is one of the capital's most enjoyable events ... The greatest aspect of the festival is that it involves London's local communities."

As is traditional the festival closed with a fireworks display above the Thames between Blackfriars and Waterloo Bridges. Many local groups took part in the Night Carnival procession earlier on Sunday evening.

Next year's Thames Festival – the tenth anniversary event – takes place on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September 2007.

Do you have any pictures of Thames Festival events? Email them to james.hatts@banksidepress.com">james.hatts@banksidepress.com and we'll post a selection on this page.

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