Bromsgrove came together for Eid celebraion

By Tristan Harris Friday 22 November 2013 Updated: 24/11 23:54

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Buy photos » Dr Waqar Azmi and Coun Helen Jones, the civic head of Bromsgrove District Council at the Eid event. Picture by Tristan Harris.

AROUND 400 residents came together at the Spadesbourne Suite in Bromsgrove on Saturday (November 16) for the district’s annual Eid celebration.

The family festival, organised by the Bromsgrove Muslim Community Trust (BMCT) and supported by Bromsgrove District Council and Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, featured children’s entertainment from Ronnie Crackers, caligraphy and henna painting and a performance from the 9th Bromsgrove Scouts who also did activities on the day.

Youngsters could meet town firefighters, climb aboard a fire engine and find out more about the fire and rescue service and special guest, leading Muslim musician Khaleel Muhammad, also took to the stage to perform some Nasheed music.

Hot Indian food was on offer for £2 for adults and £1 for children with all the proceeds, along with cake sales and a bucket collection, going to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan which has caused devastation in the Philippines.

A total of £416 was raised for the cause.

Dr Waqar Azmi OBE, chairman of the Bromsgrove Muslim Community Trust said the group was plesaed to have such fantastic support.

“With nearly 3,000 people attending in the last four years the Bromsgrove Eid Festival has certainly become a calendar event for our town with so many looking forward to it with their children each year.

“Each year we have had over 800 people attending but this year’s event was sadly affected by the traffic incident on the M42 and A38 and we’re very sorry that so many people from villages around Bromsgrove got stuck for hours and couldn’t attend.”

Ms Farhat Rashid, the Eid Festival co-ordinator, said: “It was great to see the youngest Civic Head of our town trying on the sari and looking absolutely stunning.

“She truly is an excellent role model for many and we are grateful to Coun Helen Jones for speaking at the event and handing out the Scouts Achievements Awards to the children.”

She added she was delighted with the cash raised for the typhoon victims and thanked the 9th Bromsgrove Scouts and everyone who donated for their support.

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