Rotherham unites for festival of faith

Myplace Rotherham, St Ann's Road, Rotherham, hosted a EID event on Thursday (23 August 2012). Our picture shows a dance class held at the event.
Myplace Rotherham, St Ann's Road, Rotherham, hosted a EID event on Thursday (23 August 2012). Our picture shows a dance class held at the event.
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Revellers of all faiths, ages and backgrounds came together at a Rotherham youth centre to celebrate the Muslim festival of Eid.

More than 130 people enjoyed music, Bollywood dancing, food, face painting and henna art at Myplace Rotherham on St Ann’s Road.

Staff from the centre wore traditional Indian dress and dished out Eastern cuisine in celebration of the festival, which marks the end of Ramadan.

Deputy mayor John Foden and his wife Kath were among the partygoers who came from across the community to join in the fun.

Francesca Redmore, the centre’s manager, said: “It was really nice for everyone to come together and celebrate here.

“It is predominantly young people that we get here at the centre usually but we had people of all ages and backgrounds come down and join us to celebrate Eid.

“We had Indian people, Pakistani people, English people, Roma people, so it really brought together the whole community and everyone had a great time.”

The party was the first Eid event ever held at the centre, which opened earlier this year.

But Francesca said it was likely to be an annual event and become just one of many celebrations of the town’s diversity.

“I think events like this, that bring everyone together, are really important, especially in a multicultural area such as Rotherham,” she added.

The £3.4 million lottery-funded community and youth centre opened in January. Its facilities include a theatre, professional recording studio, IT suite, dance studio, cafe and meeting rooms.

It hosts regular dance, drama, music and art workshops for young people.