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10th anniversary of Galeed House , Darnall
10th anniversary of Galeed House , Darnall

CELEBRATIONS were held for the tenth anniversary of a Sheffield project to bring together people from different cultural backgrounds.

A marquee went up at Galeed House, a multi-ethnic community centre in Nidd Road, Darnall, with a trampoline, bouncy castle, races, games and other attractions.

The event marked ten years of activities such as computer classes, boys’ and girls’ clubs, mums’ and tots’ groups at a place where people have also come together to sew, share food, learn English, learn Arabic or just to talk and make friends.

“In all of this people have been learning to understand and respect each other’s cultures despite their differences,” said a spokesperson. “With the memories of 9/11 in many people’s minds these days, it is very refreshing to see a place like Galeed House. One of the Arab ladies who goes regularly says she thinks of Galeed House as a place of meeting where people sit and chat who belong to different races, languages and cultures.”

During Ramadan, some of the Christian volunteers from Galeed went to a nearby mosque to join Muslims breaking the fast. Christian festivals are also celebrated and explained to those from other backgrounds.

The weather kept dry for the celebrations, with some sun, then the rain poured and a rainbow appeared.