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Buses bring Purim joy

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-03-06

Purim parade

Purim parade

A Notting Hill carnival-style procession for Purim on Sunday in north west London saw over 1000 people turning out to welcome it despite downpours throughout the day.

The Purim Parade took place in the early afternoon and saw a procession of seven double decker buses driven down Golders Green Road. Alongside the buses, entertainers including jugglers, fire eaters and stilt walkers entertained the crowds.

The event promoted by children's charity Camp Simcha also saw the buses visiting children in Jewish communities including Hampstead Garden Suburb, Hendon, Edgware, Borehamwood, Radlett and Bushey.

The organisers say the event has helped to make its services, which include providing support to children with Cancer and other life-threatening illnesses better known to the community.

“We believe the day has gone a long way to raising the profile of the charity. It’s all about reaching the children and families who need us,” said executive director Neville Goldschneider.

Following the event, Barnet mayor Eva Greenspan hosted a special receiption at Hendon Town Hall.

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Camp Simcha