Simon Hughes was on hand to switch on the Christmas tree lights as Blackfriars Settlement hosted 'The World in SE1' - a celebration of the diversity of our community.
Simon Hughes with the local children who helped him to switch on the Christmas lights
Endorsing the idea of a community diversity celebration, he said he hoped the idea would catch on in other areas, but that "the other won't be as good as SE1's because they're not as diverse as us".
"We want to celebrate those who have contributed their culture to this area, but we also want to honour the local heritage that we all contribute to," says Revd Claudette-Athea Douglas, Blackfriars Settlement's community development organiser.
Performers included musicians from the Borough Music School and singers from the Aylesbury Estate's ACT Choir. Beautiful Chinese music was followed by an electrifying kung-fu demonstration.
• Blackfriars Settlement
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