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Preston to unite against racism to mark international day of action

Posted on - 9th March, 2017 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Events, News, Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston Council
Members of Preston's Youth Council will speak at the events
Members of Preston’s Youth Council will speak at the events

Prestonians are being urged to stand together against racism and show what a united city we live in.

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As part of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination there will be two events in the city.

Performing at the University of Central Lancashire’s Venue 53 the Standing Together Against Racism choir is made up of pupils from schools across the city.

The choir pictured at last year's event is made up of pupils from choirs across the city
The choir pictured at last year’s event is made up of pupils from choirs across the city

They will sing songs and there will be talks by members of Preston Youth Council during the event from 7pm to 9pm on Friday 17 March.

A diverse celebration is also to take place on the Flag Market during Saturday 18 March.

Live music and performances from a range of community groups and organisations will be put on.

Art and dancing at the Flag Market event
Art and dancing at the Flag Market event

Preston City Council’s cabinet member for social justice, inclusion and policy councillor Matthew Brown said: “I am delighted Preston’s community will be coming together for the fourth time to celebrate Standing Together Against Racism, commemorating the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

“These events will see the participation of many talented children and young people who have the right to feel safe and valued regardless of race, religion or culture. I hope that people will support them.”

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The choir performance is free to attend but you need to register in advance by visiting the Eventbrite page.

Chair of the Preston and Western Lancashire racial equality and diversity council Mr Makhlisur Rahman JP said: “This event is important in promoting community cohesion. We are extremely proud of our local schools and young people and I’m personally delighted when they take to the stage to convey a strong message of peace and integration.

“I believe that Preston is a model city of good community relations and I’m delighted to promote a message of One Community – One Preston.”

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The event on the Flag Market is free to attend and marks the actual United Nations day.

Do you feel Preston is a tolerant city? What’s your view? Let us know in the comments below

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