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A giant party game for a big birthday

Pass the Parcel 50 Anniversary
A 50th birthday party is always a big deal – so it was only fitting to play an equally big party game as part of Waltham Forest’s celebrations.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of London’s 32 boroughs, and as part of Waltham Forest’s celebrations, giant games of pass-the-parcel were played in Chingford, Leyton and Leytonstone during the May half-term holiday.

Organised by Waltham Forest Council’s cultural programme team and hosted by local arts organisation Studio 3 Arts, families were invited to play the game, uncovering surprises in each layer including party chains, hats and balloons – all creating a party atmosphere.

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, the Council has published a collection of four books that document the last half a century in Chingford, Leyton, Leytonstone and Walthamstow. The anniversary collection gives a unique insight into Waltham Forest’s past and its diverse neighbourhoods with fascinating stories – and will be given to schools and organisations across the borough.

More events to mark the anniversary are planned for later in the year, including a project to explore the stories of people who emigrated from north India to Walthamstow in the 1960s. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and led by the Council and Khyal Arts – a local not-for-profit organisation – the project gets people to reminisce and tell their own personal journeys so that they can be shared and preserved for future generations.

Council Leader Chris Robbins said: “We want residents to share in our 50th anniversary celebrations and are busy planning more events to mark this milestone and show what a fantastic place Waltham Forest is to live and work.” 

Now home to around 260,000 people, the borough was originally made up of the Municipal Boroughs of Chingford, Leyton (incorporating Leytonstone) and Walthamstow before becoming Waltham Forest in 1965.

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