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Communities come together for some free fun and music at Norwich park

PUBLISHED: 18:37 05 May 2013 | UPDATED: 18:37 05 May 2013

Swing Dancers entertain at the International Workers Day concert in Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich. Photograph Simon Parker

Swing Dancers entertain at the International Workers Day concert in Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich. Photograph Simon Parker

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Families and friends came together today to enjoy some free music, dance and entertainment in a packed city park.

The Norwich Trades Council organised and funded the free concert and party at Chapelfield Gardens to celebrate International Workers Day, otherwise known as May Day which was made a bank holiday in the UK by the government in 1978 but which originates from the fight for an eight-hour working day.

The socialist Second International called for an international day of protest to be held at the beginning of May 1890 with May Day formally recognised as an annual event at the International’s second congress in 1891.

Yesterday the day was remembered by way of celebration rather than protest as hundreds of people descended on the city centre park to enjoy live music from an array of local artists, including Vagaband, Anna Mudeka Ouagadougous, Red Flags and Woodland Creatures.

Elsewhere there was lots else going on, including activities for children like face painting, bouncy castle, hula hoop workshops, a poetry tent, plus circus skills, stalls and speakers.

For full story see tomorrow’s paper.

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