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Diversity festival cost Sheffield £10,000 to stage

EDL return to Sheffield to lay flowers at Sheffield War Memorial

13:05 On the steps of Sheffield City Hall a small contingent Anti EDL protestors await the opening of the barriers at the junction of Barkers Pool and Burgess Street

8 June 2013
Image � Paul David Drabble
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EDL return to Sheffield to lay flowers at Sheffield War Memorial 13:05 On the steps of Sheffield City Hall a small contingent Anti EDL protestors await the opening of the barriers at the junction of Barkers Pool and Burgess Street 8 June 2013 Image � Paul David Drabble www.pauldaviddrabble.co.uk

A festival held to highlight Sheffield’s cultural diversity as the English Defence League held a protest cost the council £10,000.

Sheffield Council said the cost to the public was ‘tiny’ compared to the £500,000 policing cost of keeping 500 EDL members and Unite Against Fascism and Muslim counter-demonstrators apart.

Saturday’s One Sheffield, Many Cultures festival in the Peace Gardens involved live music and other entertainment.

Council leader Coun Julie Dore said: “The event was a perfect example of how our communities can unite and come together to celebrate our city on a day when others were trying interrupt the peace.

“The event was funded from a pot of money we have available to spend on showing support to our communities and promoting our multi-cultural and hugely diverse city.

“I enjoyed the concert and was pleased it served its purpose.”

The cash of £10,000 came from the council’s community cohesion budget – ‘set aside to help the city recognise, support, and celebrate diversity’.

EDL members came to Sheffield last weekend, accompanied by leader Tommy Robinson, to lay a wreath ‘in memory’ of soldier Drummer Lee Rigby, who was murdered in Woolwich.

 

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