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The Mayor’s Thames Festival 2010

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Despite an unpromising forecast the weather was sunny for the fourteenth Thames Festival, a weekend of activities on and around the river culminating in a fireworks display on Sunday night.

The Mayor’s Thames Festival 2010
Southwark Bridge was closed to traffic and lined with tables for the fourth consecutive year
The Mayor’s Thames Festival 2010
Romanian band performing on Southwark Bridge
The Mayor’s Thames Festival 2010
Even scarecrows need refreshment
The Mayor’s Thames Festival 2010
The Mayor’s Thames Festival 2010
Hog roast on Southwark Bridge
The Mayor’s Thames Festival 2010
Search Party's Save Me performance art piece involved two people communicating by semaphore between HMS Belfast and London Bridge
Search Party's Save Me performance art piece invol
The Mayor’s Thames Festival 2010
The Portwey steam tug took part in the Thames Festival River Parade on Saturday

In 2009 about 900,000 people took part in the two-day event which is organised by the Thames Festival Trust.

Although the event carries the Mayor of London's name, City Hall's contribution to the event is modest: Boris Johnson supplies just 60,000 of the 1.5 million cost of the event.

59 per cent of the cost of the event comes from sponsorship and private sector partnerships.

The annual Feast on the Bridge, for which Southwark Bridge is lined with banqueting tables and stalls, is now in its fourth year and continues to pull in the crowds.

As usual Jubilee Gardens and Potters Fields Park were big centres of activity, with plenty of stalls and attractions at Bankside and in Bernie Spain Gardens as well.

One of the opening events for this year's festival was the world premiere of River Songs, a new cantata by Jonathan Dove which was performed by a choir of 1,000 children in The Scoop at More London.

On Sunday morning Thames21 and the Environment Agency took advantage of the low tide to provide a morning of fun events for all ages down on the foreshore.

As usual the festival ended with a Night Carnival procession across Blackfriars Bridge and a huge fireworks display on the Thames.

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