FOLLOW-UP news: Hackney council is to stage the event on Sun 18 Sep 2011 at noon; same route as planned for Aug.
MINUTES before it was due to start from Dalston today Sun 7 Aug 2011 the Hackney One Carnival was cancelled by the council.
Acting on a Metropolitan Police claim that intelligence indicated there would be violent spill-over from the Tottenham riot early today, Hackney council decided to stop the annual street festival, disappointing hundreds of adults and children who had spent months preparing spectacular lorry displays, making costume and rehearsing music and dance.
Revellers had agreed with the authorities a route to start from Ridley Road E8 2LH at noon, north up the high street-road and along Church Street to Clissold Park N4 2EY.
A suggestion by participants that it be contained within Gillett Square by the Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston N16 was rejected.
After the scheduled start time Hackney council issued a press statement to say that the carnival would not take place. The spokesman would not admit to having cancelled the event, but, strangely, apologised for its cancellation.
David Altheer 070811