This weekend is the 60th anniversary of the Dagenham Town Show, and the last one planned; but promises to be one you will remember forever!
Not only does this years event have a great amount of family fun, entertainment, headline acts, showground exhibitors, community stalls, information stands and fairground rides, but on Sunday it will also include the appearance of the Olympic Flame as the Torch Relay comes to Barking and Dagenham on day 65 of its journey in the UK; definitely an experience to remember and tell the grandchildren about!
So if you are not already involved in either event, whether you live in the borough or not, you should definitely make plans to visit the show – on either day!
Some highlights of the event include showground acts, Heliosphere, James Dylan Stuntworld and Ticklish Allsorts, local bands, Distinctive Duet, Jazz Blaack, Ryan Green and Sabrina Martin, tribute act Coldplace and headline acts, The Hollies, Lemar and Molly Rainford.
For full details on the Dagenham Town Show, including a programme of what is on each day, visit: www.lbbd.gov.uk/dagenhamtownshow
Please remember roads will be severely affected on Sunday because of the Olympic Torch Relay. This will affect parking and bus routes. So if you are intending to watch the Torch Relay enter the Town Show, or you are working at the event, we suggest you get to
Free tickets for Olympic Opening Ceremony technical rehearsal
This offer is for Barking and Dagenham residents only
As a Host Borough, Barking and Dagenham Council has been given a number of tickets to give away, for free, to local residents to watch the technical rehearsal of the Olympic Opening Ceremony.
The event will take place on Monday 23 July and it will provide a unique opportunity to experience the Olympic Park and Olympic Stadium.
Tickets will be given to residents on a first come, first served basis, and there will be a maximum number of six tickets per household allowed. Tickets cannot be reserved in advance.
Residents who would like tickets are being asked to visit either Barking Library between 9am and 9.30pm, or Dagenham Library between 9am and 7pm on Thursday 19 July, and to report to the library desk on the first floor.
This offer is open to residents of Barking and Dagenham only, and proof of address must be provided at the time of collection. A contact phone number must also be given.
A very small number of tickets have also been made available for wheelchair accessible seating. These tickets still need to be collected on Thursday between the same times, but can be booked in advance by calling 020 8227 2012.
The Olympic Torch Relay is here this Sunday
Whether you're a resident or not, come and cheer on the Torch this Sunday!
The London 2012 Games is now less than two weeks away, but before the sporting activities begin, the Olympic Flame has been making its way around the country and this Sunday it will arrive in Barking and Dagenham.
The Olympic Flame will enter the borough at 9.49am, and its journey will include meeting up with the Town Show carnivival at the junction of Heathway,
A number of entertainment points have been organised along the route to keep people entertained while they wait for the moment the Torch Relay reaches them.
This really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and so whether you are a resident or not, as someone who works in the borough it will provide you with memories that last a lifetime!
For more details about the route the Torch will take, the entertainment points that have been arranged and of course the road closures and parking restrictions that are being put in place visit: