Getting along with music and dancing
BOLLYWOOD dancers, a steel band and Chinese songs were some of the attractions at an International Day in Ashford.
Mayor Cllr Norman Ayres hosted the event to raise money for his charity, set up to help young people in the town.
The event at the Conningbrook Hotel, Kennington, also included acts by Gurkhas and singing by youth group Da Base. Food was available from the different communities.
Cllr Ayres said: “There were people from all of the different community groups in Ashford and each group contributed towards the day in some way.
“It is important that all of these groups integrate with one another and this is a great chance for them to do that. We hope to make this an annual event.”
Representatives from Kent Fire and Rescue Service were there, as well as Kent Refugee Action Network, a voluntary organisation that runs schemes in Ashford and Canterbury.
It has set up a scheme called the Ashford Integration Project, managed by Jennifer Fothergill, who said: “We are unique in that we do not work with single groups but as part of one big group.”
Mayor Cllr Norman Ayres with the organising committee
A great chance to dance
Saheli dancers Jyoti, Monica, Sabrina, Shannon and Jasmine
Performers from youth group Da Base