A community celebration was held at the Flag Market today in response to the protests by the English Defence League.Advertisement
You can recap all our live coverage from both events here.
Al Huda Mosque provided 1000 cakes for people who attended while further rice, sauce, pakoras and more came from Noor Mosque.
And since it was pouring down, the free cups of tea were very welcome.
Sabbir Musa, of Noor Mosque, said: “We’re here to bring a community feel, positive vibes and show that we’re a mixed community.”
Across the event, a team of volunteers from all backgrounds helped make the event a success despite torrential rain.
The majority seemed to welcome the statement that the event made.
Naeem Chhabu was volunteering with the community celebration.
He said: “I was born in Preston and went to school here with people from all backgrounds.
“Preston is a friendly place, we don’t have racial problems here and never have.”
Attendance didn’t quite reach the 500 anticipated but it was a respectable crowd despite the weather.
Unite Against Fascism were a part of the event and praised the impact it had.
Paul Sillet, national campaigner for UAF, said: “I think today represents an excellent turnout.
“The EDL are clearly on a downslide. The last time they were here there was around 2000 and this time there are around 60.
“It’s good to be here representing all people who are sickened by the message of the EDL.”