Get­ting along with mu­sic and danc­ing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

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

Pic­tures Danny Rhodes pd1207697

Per­form­ers from youth group Da Base

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