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Local officers join in with community Iftar in Easton

Iftar

Iftar celebrations St Mark's Road

Trinity Road’s neighbourhood police team joined thousands of local people in Easton last night (June 7) at the St Mark’s Road Iftar.

St Marks Road was closed off to traffic after the sun went down, and 400 square meters of red carpet was laid out so that local people could sit and share a meal with their neighbours.

Now in its second year the Iftar, which is the breaking of the fast for Muslims observing the holy month of Ramadan, is organised by a range of groups including Bristol Muslim Cultural Society, Easton Jamia Mosque, the Somali Forum, Up Our Street and local councillors, as well as Muslims and non-Muslims from the local community and from wider Bristol.

PCSO Mo Berber, who helped to serve food at the event alongside a number of his colleagues said: “Seeing so many different people come together to share a meal is a wonderful sight and feeling.

“Easton is a special place. Working here as a PCSO is a privilege and getting to take part in events like this, where people from all different backgrounds and cultures take time out to sit together, talk and enjoy delicious food, is one of the reasons why I love my job so much.

“We were honoured to be invited to the event, as we are regarded as an integral part of the community. But we were also on hand to reassure people and to help things to run as smoothly as possible.”

It’s estimated that between 3000 and 4000 people attended the event and over 3000 meals were prepared there.

Posted on Friday 8th June 2018
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