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Mint Street Park festival marks launch of Bankside Community Anchor Partnership

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Stalls, music and entertainment in Mint Street Park on Friday marked the 10th birthday of Bankside Open Spaces Trust and the launch of a new partnership between local community organisations.

Mint Street Park festival marks launch of Bankside Community Anchor Partnership
Konditor & Cook provided 10 birthday cakes for Bankside Open Spaces Trust
Cllr Lorraine Lauder
Deputy Mayor Cllr Lorraine Lauder hands out slices of cake
Bankside Community Anchor Partnership
Bankside Community Anchor Partnership: Andrew Richardson (Bankside Residents' Forum), Helen Firminger (Bankside Open Spaces Trust), Cllr Lorraine Lauder, Cllr Adele Morris & Julie Corbett-Bird (Blackfriars Settlement)
Mint Street Park festival marks launch of Bankside Community Anchor Partnership
These young Irish dancers were among the first to perform on the new Mint Street Park stage

The Deputy Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Lorraine Lauder, was the guest of honour at the event which featured 10 Konditor & Cook cakes to celebrate the first decade of Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST), the charity which improves and maintains local parks and gardens.

In her speech Cllr Adele Morris traced the history of BOST from its roots as part of Bankside Residents' Forum and praised its work to transform "grotty" parks into green spaces. She also highlighted the vision of BOST's first director Vicky Lawrence, her successor Helen Firminger and the others who have steered the organisation during the past 10 years.

BOST has also teamed up with Blackfriars Settlement and Bankside Residents' Forum to form the Bankside Community Anchor Partnership . The three organisations have made an agreement to work together, to always put local people first and to give the best they can to local people.

The best stall competition, judged by Cllr Lauder, was won by the Sickle Cell & Young Stroke Survivors charity.

The event also featured a showcase of local young music and dance talent, taking advantage of the recently constructed stage in Mint Street Park.

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