Published: Tuesday, 18th September 2018

Residents are invited to celebrate community identities as Medway continues to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

2018 marks 20 years since the founding of Medway and Medway Council has organised four local festival days to celebrate the identities of communities across Medway.

Since 1998, Medway has transformed and seen many huge improvements. Not only does it now boast the biggest regeneration zone within the Thames Gateway, but Medway is surrounded by award winning rural areas and rich heritage.

The Focus On events are designed for local people and highlight all that is great about each area. The festivals are free and residents and their friends and neighbours are invited to enjoy a family day out celebrating their local community.

The last Focus On Festival will be held at High Halstow Recreation Ground, High Halstow, on Saturday, 22 September, from noon to 6pm, to celebrate all Hoo has to offer. There will be fun for all the family including pony rides, land zorbing, have a go sports activities and facepainting. Team Extreme will also be holding BMX, skateboard, scooter and skating demonstrations and competitions. There will also be bandstand with live music. Residents will also be able to watch fantastic acrobatic displays by the Black Eagles, a troupe from Tanzania.

The first Focus On festival was held in Cozenton Park in Rainham in May which was a great success and attracted hundreds of visitors. There was fun for all the family including pig racing, a climbing wall and a horticultural fair. Other events were held in Walderslade and Strood which proved just as popular.

'Showcasing what Medway has to offer'

Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “The Focus On Festivals have been a fantastic way of celebrating Medway20 within local communities. The festivals have brought local residents and business owners together to showcase what Medway has to offer. We’re looking forward to the last Focus On Festival in High Halstow where there will be plenty of free activities for residents of all ages to enjoy.”

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