A community curry event aimed at bringing people from different cultures together following the Paris terror attacks attracted more than 200 people.
Residents Sandra Ahmed, Kubra Assim and Liz Kettle wanted to bring Muslim and non-Muslim people together so they organised the first-ever Nether Edge and Sharrow Community Curry event at Sharrow Old Junior School on Monday.
Scores of people from all different faiths and backgrounds gathered to enjoy free rice, naan bread and a variety of halal curries.
The Pakistani curries were cooked and served by the women and their friends and families. Other food included Turkish bread, Chicken Adobo from the Philippines and pastries from Algeria.
Kubra said: “There has been a lot of fear and suspicion in our community ever since 9/11 and beyond. We felt that reaching out and sharing food with our neighbours would be a good way to try to dispel some of these feelings.”
Sandra said: “It was amazing. We didn’t know how many people to expect, but at one point there was a long queue going all the way outside. It was a really nice atmosphere with people coming together.”
Liz said: “All three of us really love living in Nether Edge because is it such a brilliant diverse place with people from all sorts of ethnic backgrounds and religions. We don’t want the attacks in Paris and other parts of the world to create division here and turn people against each other.”
She added some people who attended said they would like to host a similar event in their communities.
The event was publicised through word of mouth, flyers in shops, leafleting and Facebook.