Multicultural Celebration at Brandon Community Hall

Today, we have a guest post. The wonderful Tom Sharples has been helping us again. Let’s read about the amazing Multicultural Celebration that took place at Brandon Community Hall.

On Saturday, 18th November, we held a Multicultural Celebration at Brandon Community Hall.

The groups who took part in the Celebration were:

Karen and Susan’s Sequence Dancers, a local dance group from Brandon representing England.

Durham Indian Community. Joe and Anil kindly arranged for the community to come along.

Our Durham Ukraine friends, who meet at Waddington Street Centre. Thanks to Tetiana for coordinating everybody. And Mari, you are an amazing singer and just light up the room!

Hamid’s Afghan family and his friends, who are spread across County Durham, with Nader on the dambura.

The piper was Frank Bonna, a local Parish Councillor who was representing Scotland. Frank told us: “It was a fantastic event, with some of the people seeing bagpipes for the first time.”

Each of the groups brought food to share. Frank says he can’t wait for the next Multicultural event, where he is hoping haggis will be on the food-to-share menu!
It was a delightful event, with everyone having a great time together. It was a truly uplifting experience seeing different cultures and nationalities having fun and enjoying each other’s company.

At the event, a raffle was held. The money raised (£143) will help to pay for the transport costs to send the shoe boxes to Ukraine.

And the Bracelets and Peace table, where bracelets, lavender bags, gift tags, sunflower key chains and Motanka were for sale, raised £120. This will help Bracelets and Peace to continue to provide nappies and medicines to the orphanages.

A lesson for the world!

Tom Sharples

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