A Unity Day to celebrate diversity in Hammersmith and Fulham will take on extra poignancy in the wake of the London Bridge terror attack , the council leader has said.
The event takes place on Sunday (June 11) and was scheduled well before the awful events unfolded in central London on Saturday (June 3) night.
But Hammersmith and Fulham Council leader Stephen Cowan says now more than ever people must demonstrate a stand against racism and extremism, and celebrate the diversity and unity within the community.
Cllr Cowan said: “The terror attacks are trying to make people turn against each other, but there’s far more of us than them.”
Around 10,000 people attended last year’s event, and Cllr Cowan continued: “We have extra police and extra CCTV on the streets but we can beat them by showing solidarity that is Hammersmith and Fulham and London and everything that is good about our country.
“You have to keep reaffirming your values.
“Last night (Monday June 5) I went to the City Hall vigil and stood with thousands of Londoners.
“There were people of all different backgrounds standing hand in hand, all of us are united by the fact we are Londoners.
“That’s the character of our city and our borough.”
The event will be the culmination of the 2017 HF ArtsFest , the cultural extravaganza which started on Saturday (June 3) and features 200 mostly free events including exhibitions, drama, live music, film screenings, walking tours.
The Unity Day begins with a march from Shepherd’s Bush Green at 11am, arriving at Ravenscourt Park in Hammersmith at around midday.
There will then be a celebration of diversity running until 4.30pm, which will feature speeches, live music, dance and other entertainment.
Among those who will be speaking is Lord Dubs, who campaigned for unaccompanied child refugees to be allowed into the UK from Europe.
Looking forward to the Unity Day, Cllr Cowan added: “Sunday will be far more poignant because of the attack and I think people will want that opportunity to express positively how they feel about London and this borough.”
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