Christmas in Globe Town with Music on the Square

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Globe Town Market Square was transformed into a festive feast for the eyes, ears and even the taste buds last Saturday.

From 9.45am local businesses and residents enjoyed a festive wake up call of traditional carols played by Stepney Salvation Army and Christmas jazz tunes from the Musical Santas. Once awakened, local people joined the square to enjoy the live music, have a taste of the free chestnuts and marshmallows and indulge in the delicious Malaysian street food served by Hui’s Kitchen.

Passers by also popped along to the Roman Road Trust stall which featured the launch of the Roman Road E2 Christmas Hamper (worth over £400!) and showcased an array of beautiful clay stars made by local children from Bonner School (Bethnal Green.)

Music on the Square not only attracted attention from those on foot but Christmas song requests were shouted from black cab drivers who added to the music by tooting their horns. Passing red buses provided the perfect balcony view of the event with children waving from the top deck. Residents in surrounding flats such as Windsor House pulled back their curtains to take in the view from above and were encouraged to come down to enjoy chestnuts and Christmas tunes.

Passers-by stopped in their Christmas shopping tracks to enjoy the festivities and prove their generosity. We’d like to thank all those who donated towards the Stepney Salvation Army and all donations will be put towards their Acts Of Kindness gardening project which supports older people in the Stepney area. Stepney Salvation Army received an amazing £110 from Globe Town in only one hour.

As well as receiving a wealth of logistical advice from Herbert’s Fruit & Veg and Downey Bros Fishmongers, other local businesses also offered their services to our events team. Nansons kept us warm with free hot drinks and Mr Bull’s Butchers kindly allowed us use of their toilets. Roman Road Trust would like to say thank you to all surrounding businesses who came together to make this a very special day for Globe Town.

40 lovely local people completed our ongoing survey to find out about what people think about the shopping offer in Globe Town. If you’d like to complete this short Visitor Survey click here.

Thanks to all those who visited Music on the Square for a chestnut (or marshmallow) and some Christmas cheer.

Credit: Photography by Dani Harvey



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Music on the Square is funded by London Borough of Tower Hamlets, working in partnership with Roman Road Trust to improve local governance and support the delivery of regeneration initiatives in the Globe Town area of Roman Road West.

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