Black History Month celebrated in style in Thurrock

ON Sunday 19th October 2014, Thurrock Racial Unity Support Taskgroup (TRUST), in collaboration with the Thurrock African Group (TAG), celebrated Black History Month for the 13th year in a row at the Thameside Theatre.

The evening was filled with a range of performances of local talent including musicians, poets, comedians, dancers, gospel choirs and a fashion show. The theatre was filled to capacity with over 300 people from many communities in Thurrock enjoying the evening.

In attendance was special guest Cllr Steve Liddiard the Mayor of Thurrock, other local councillors and representatives from various communities in Thurrock.

In his opening speech the TRUST Chair, Mr Harold Ogunfemi, said "This event is a unique opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate the uniqueness of each other’s cultures. Today is not just about celebrating Black History Month but is also a great community cohesion event.

On behalf of the TRUST Board of Directors, we extend our gratitude to the TRUST staff for the great work they have done in putting this event together and also to the artists who have volunteered their services free of charge to present this cultural programme. I can see a room full with people from all different communities living in Thurrock. I want to thank the vice chair of TRUST who worked with the TRUST staff on this project to ensure this evening is a success.”

The evening’s celebrations brought together a diversity of talent from all across Thurrock and beyond. It fulfilled the main objective of TRUST which is to promote diversity of talent and to unify Thurrock’s diverse community. The show was hosted by two MC’s, Mr Abidemi Alaran and Mr Anthony Peltier who made a great double-act, making the audience laugh as well as educating them about the history of minority ethnic groups in striving for justice and their achievements.

The closing remarks were given by the Chair of TAG Cllr Bukky Okunade who noted her pride in the work of TRUST in building the capacity of young performers, some of whom were as young as five years old, who are the next generation of Thurrock citizens. She also thanked local businesses that sponsored the event through donations of money, services and refreshments.

TRUST wishes to thank all those involved in making the day a huge success. TRUST will be hosting more events like this in the future and hopes all our supporters will join us.

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