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Scandinavian festival to take place in Rotherhithe

Rotherhithe’s Scandinavian heritage will be celebrated at a street market on March 19, writes Callum Burroughs.

The Spring Market will showcase food and culture from Scandinavia and will take place in Albion Street between the Finnish and Norwegian churches, while a Spring Fair will take place inside the Finnish Church

Visitors to the event, which runs from 10am to 5pm, should be on the lookout for the notoriously pungent Surströmming (salted herring), as well as other Scandinavian foods along with more traditional fare like face painting.

Rotherhithe’s association with Nordic people originates from the Great Fire of London, in 1666, which led to Baltic timber being brought into the area and with it a number of Scandinavians.

More recently the Greenland Passage redevelopment was led by a Danish company, giving the surrounding area a distinctly Nordic feel, which may well have previously been achieved by a sauna.

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