It is the capital’s largest free festival and saw an estimated 750,000 visitors over the course of the weekend. Along the length of the South Bank, from Waterloo to Tower Bridge, people were celebrating a broad range of cultures and traditions that make up one of the world’s most diverse cities.
The Co-operative Group was a major sponsor of this year’s festival and its support enabled the creation of a giant butterfly house, which approximately 5,000 children across the city were invited to contribute to, using recycled carrier bags.
During the course of the project, the children learned about the need to re-use and recycle to conserve the planet’s resources.
Providing information about the Co-operative membership and helping visitors to offset their carbon emissions were (from left) Mike Hedgethorne, Vice Chair, South East Regional Board; Nick Hempleman, Co-operative Affairs Officer; and Tony Firmin, Sussex Area Committee Member.