Christmas community festive feelings! A lovely neighbourly event promotes cohesion in Manchester


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FESTIVE CHEER: Chief Inspector Umer Khan and his colleague enjoy the festive spirit with children at the event

FESTIVE CHEER: Chief Inspector Umer Khan and his colleague enjoy the festive spirit with children at the event

The diversity and strong community cohesion in Manchester was evident to see this Sunday 18th December, as people gathered for a multi-faith event in Cheetham Hill.

Local group ‘Rainbow Surprise’ was supported by the Manchester City Council and the ‘Near Neighbours Programme’  in order to hold a 'WeStandTogether' Cohesion event in the car park.

The venue, close to Cheetham Hill Road, was voted the most diverse road in the country.

It was no surprise that the stalls covered a range of different cultures, as people of diverse faiths and beliefs lined up side by side.

GOOD TIMES: MEP Afzal Khan and guests had plenty of fun at a community cohesion event at Cheetham Hill

GOOD TIMES: MEP Afzal Khan and guests had plenty of fun at a community cohesion event at Cheetham Hill

Chief Inspector Umer Khan of Greater Manchester Police said: “Christians, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs and Hindus were all there. There were hundreds of people from  all walks and backgrounds, coming together to celebrate the different cultures foods and sounds from around the world.

“I would like to thank the organisers and all those who attended who made the occasion a special one.”

Afzal Khan, MEP, said “It was a great community event.”

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