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Sing down Roman Road

by Fiona on November 02, 2016

31 October 2016 I East London Advertiser

A film and a song created by children to show just how much their playground means to them has bagged them a top award.

The Roman Road playground in London’s East End has been named ‘2016 Adventure Playground of the Year’.

Around 200 children from playgrounds, play streets and schools all over London descended on the West End to see films they had made on the big screen at the Prince Charles Cinema about the places where they play.

The film about Bow’s Roman Road playground featured big swings, plenty of sand, children hacking and sawing and teetering towers of tyres.

“A playground so valued by children who play there that they made up a song about it,” the judges said. “Roman Road is clearly important to these children and the lyrics sum up the spirit of adventure play perfectly.” 

Children from last year’s winners, east London’s Hackney Marsh Playground, who chose the 2016 winners, handed over the award to the euphoric Roman Road youngsters.

The winning prize will improve the playground with a new structure, designed and built with the help of the children, and £500 of free materials.

One of the proud mums at Roman Road, Julie Marks, told the East London Advertiser: “My son has his own Youtube channel called ‘Official Johnny’—he takes his filming very seriously and wants to do this as a career.”

Along with the films came plenty of popcorn, noise, games and high jinks at the awards with comperes keeping the atmosphere “just the right side of chaos” and making sure no-one went away disappointed.

Other prizes in the London Play awards went to Lewisham’s Kender School for ‘best adventure play in a school’ and Southwark’s Bethwin Road which took the Flick’n’Snap title for their slick film using footage from a drone. White City playground took the ‘coolest place to play’ title with a £500 prize for improvements, while Croydon’s Love Lane was named Play Street of the Year.

See the article at the East London Advertiser website here

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