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Smiling Faces Everywhere at Diversity Event

Thursday 1st April 2010

A record number of people turned out for the Spring Celebrating Diversity Event 2010, held at Queen's Park, on Saturday 27th March.

Bedfordshire’s New Migration Partnership and Bedford Borough’s Queen’s Park Neighbourhood Centre teamed up with a host of other partners to deliver a fun-packed afternoon of family entertainment, performances, and to taste foods from across the world, making it a truly fantastic day out. A total of 1,638 people turned up to soak up the vibrant, exciting and enjoyable atmosphere.

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Community spirit is alive and well across the borough. The superb turnout at this event shows how willing people are to forge links within and across local communities, and to have fun while doing it!”

Family fun on the day included an: ice-rink, bouncy castles, magic shows and balloon-sculpting. Performances include: World Poetry, African Drumming, Asian Dance, Polish Song and Dance, Italian Performers and Street Dance. World Foods, for tasting on the day, included: Asian, Italian, Eastern European, African, English and Vegan and raw foods.

Eugene Matthias, President of the Magic Club of Great Britain, said: “So many faces, so much fun and laughter. This has possibly been one of the best attended and most successful community events I have been asked to take part in.”

There was opportunity during the event for new migrants to talk about, and record, their experiences of settling in Bedfordshire, both through a video booth and an art competition. Prizes awarded to competition winners came in the form of Easter eggs, with the overall winner receiving an i-pod donated by Vivien Barker from The Felicity Fund.

The event also provided migrant families with an opportunity to access information, support and advice from a range of service providers. Free health checks were available for those aged 40-75 years-old throughout the day.

Feedback from the event will help our planning to improve again our services for new migrants and local communities.

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