Croydon Heritage Festival (18 – 26 June) was launched on Tuesday (14th) night with great fanfare as the girls from Old Palace Chamber Choir welcomed guests as they entered.
The evening was sponsored by NatWest one of this year’s Heritage Festival headline sponsors. A last minute change in venue due to weather meant guests could revel in the amazing panoramic views of Croydon from Centre Tower in the Whitgift Centre. A perfect juxtaposition of imaging what the future Croydon skyline will look like, while celebrating its prominent history.
Festival sponsors NatWest, took the opportunity to reiterate their commitment to Croydon, with Regional Director Daryl Gayler speaking about how NatWest is keen to support local communities and initiatives as well as lending to businesses thereby supporting the regeneration of Croydon. Mark Burgess, Director, Corporate and Commercial Banking and his team of senior relationship managers based at East Croydon have demonstrated their confidence in the redevelopment of Croydon by announcing strong growth in their lending to local commercial businesses which is set to grow by a further £60 million in 2016.
Mayor of Croydon, Wayne Trakas-Lawlor spoke at the event, thanking the Whitgift Foundation for running the annual Croydon Heritage Festival, and uniting the local communities over the Festival week.
In his speech Christopher Houlding, Whitgift Foundation Chair said: “Thank you to all of the wonderful and enthusiastic contributors who each year make the festival an informative and fun event for us all, and for reminding us of the reasons to be proud to live, work and socialise in Croydon. It is especially encouraging to see Croydon businesses and community groups coming together to support the Whitgift Foundation’s initiatives such as the festival and I truly hope we can continue to build and collaborate together for the benefit of Croydon.”
Croydon Heritage Festival begins on Saturday 18 June with Heritage Day, sponsored by Croydon BID. Activities, performances, competitions and talks will be taking placed in the Town Centre, Central library, Whitgift Centre and other locations. Visit www.croydonheritagefestival.co.uk for more details.
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