A trade union organisation is marking May Day with a free party with music, dancing, food and face painting.

Waltham Forest Trades Council is inviting everyone down to Abbotts Park in Leyton on Sunday, April 28, for a celebration to mark International Workers' Day.

The entertainment will be provided by folk/punk band Steve White and The Protest Family, Scarred for Life featuring Emma Scarr and Maurice Judge, Dionne Emmerson, Kojo and Luke November, as well as rap poet the Repeat Beat Poet, singer Angie Anuforo and Indian dancer Pooja K.

The event will also feature speakers from local campaigns and the labour and trade union movement including Chris Baugh, PCS Assistant Gen Sec, Claudia Webbe, Labour Party NEC and Melanie Strickland of the Stansted 15 protester group.

Linda Taaffe, Secretary of Waltham Forest Trades Council, said: "We will have a great party in the park but will keep our campaign aims on the day’s agenda.

"We call for many, many more council homes to be built, for life-long tenancies and rent control to deal with the housing crisis.

"We also call for a proper living wage for everybody so they have a decent standard of living. And we whole-heartedly support recent calls for urgent action on climate change."

The event is being put on by Waltham Forest Trades Council with support from the local labour and trade union movement and local campaigns.

It will run from 2pm to 5pm and is free for all.