HUNDREDS of people gathered at the Anchor Fields in Tilbury on a sunny Tuesday (9 August) for a free family festival with lots to do.
Climbing, penalty shoot outs and tugs of war to name just a few activities were all on the agenda for the day.
Cllr Tunde Ojetola, Deputy Mayor of Thurrock, was there on the day. He said: “What an absolutely fantastic day – a huge thank you to the organisers!
“The day was organised by Thurrock’s Community Safety Partnership and Troubled families team, so it was natural for some important safety messages to play a big part.”
The Community Safety Partnership is formed with partners from Thurrock Council, youth offending service, Essex Police, health, Essex Fire and Rescue Service, the drug and alcohol local services, the community and voluntary service – in particular big thank you to the Tilbury Riverside Project who were instrumental in supporting the day – both with the planning and volunteering.
The three priorities of the partnership for 2016/17 are to reduce youth offending and re-offending of adults and young people, two, reduce harm to vulnerable victims and safeguard them and finally, prevent violent extremism locally.
Cllr Ojetola spoke about some of the stall holders and activities that the visitors enjoyed. He said: “Loan sharks are rife in Tilbury – so highlighting important messages in a fun way like a dress-up shark playing ‘unfair’ penalty football with some of the children was great.
“Thurrock’s anti-social behaviour team also hired a real life prison cell and it was interesting to see how some of our youngest residents responded when we explained people spent up to 23 hours a day in such a small space.
“I have to also say thank you to Essex Police, they attended to promote their ‘Active Citizen service’ but also brought their canine companions and spoke to residents about keeping safe and keeping alert.
“You couldn’t miss the fire trucks and officers who were explaining the importance of regularly checking your smoke detectors at home – I even heard they were offering to fit and test alarms if people were unable to do so themselves.
“The day was also fun filled – children were bashing pieces of wood to make faces – under the close observation of the council’s ranger service, as well as climbing very high walls with the council’s Grangewaters team.
“A terrific day – I can’t wait to return next year!”
To find out more about the Thurrock Community Safety Partnership visit: thurrock.gov.uk/tcsp