Hats off to Stocky’s Inter-Faith Week

By Jonathan Levy

HATS from many cultures were put on display at a well-attended event at the Stockport’s Hat Works.

Celebrate, which saw communities come together to show off their traditional headgear, took place on Wednesday 18 November 2009 as part of the UK’s first Inter-Faith Week.

It was organised by Stockport Inter-Faith Network which brings together people from diverse groups like Baha’i, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Monk, Muslim, Quaker and Rastafarian communities.

Jagmal Singh, managing director of the Sikh Association of Manchester, expressed hope that the week’s events across would prove to be an “important step forward in establishing unity between different cultures and faiths nationally, particularly in a world where relations are often fragile”.

The event featured short performances from a variety groups including Stockport Youth Theatre, Cale Green School who performed a sketch illustrating harmony and South Indian dancers from Withington Girls School who treated attendees to a traditional Hindu dance.

The Bishop of Stockport, Rt Revd Robert Atwell,  explained the significance of the event saying: “I am delighted to attend such an important event which will hopefully inspire others who perhaps wouldn’t normally mix with other faiths, to do so. I hope Inter-Faith Week will become an event which we can look forward to each year.”

Guests were treated to  a halal kosher buffet which was enjoyed by all.

Hat Works provided the perfect venue for the event, as it is the UK’s only museum dedicated solely to the hatting industry, hats and headwear.

Stockport’s Inter-Faith Network is an informal group which attempts to connect all of the county’s diverse communities.

For more information on Stockport Inter Faith Network, please visit their website www.stockportinterfaith.org.uk or call 0161 474 3128.

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