Asia McFarlane, nine, in tudor dress

Shakespeare and Eid honoured at Wendell Park’s tudor banquet

Pupils, parents and staff enjoyed a tudor-style banquet with cultural twist at Wendell Park primary last week.

The event at the Shepherds Bush school on Wednesday (13 July) celebrated Eid, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and The Big Lunch, a nationwide annual event which brings communities together to share a meal.

Approximately 450 children and 150 parents took part in the impressive event at the school in Cobbold Road, with many dressed in tudor costumes – including two musicians who played traditional tunes from the era.

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Nathaniel Frimpong-Santeng, nine, shows off his flamboyant costume
Nathaniel Frimpong-Santeng, nine, shows off his flamboyant costume

“It’s a chance for everyone to get together,” said deputy head Rosie Peters. “The children loved it and the costumes were amazing. It transformed the whole school. There was a lot of role-playing, a lot of dancing, and everyone took part.

“It was a great way for people to get to know their neighbours and mark some important events.”

Iman Nur, 10 (Left) and Tallula Pye, nine (Right), enjoying the day
Iman Nur, 10 (Left) and Tallula Pye, nine (Right), enjoying the day

This was echoed by Katherine Perry, mother of pupil Eliza Worthington, age five, who said: “Only in London could you find a Shakespeare-themed Eid Big Lunch.

“And the school did a fantastic job of inspiring the pupils to wear great outfits and learn something new. It was also really nice to sit down with other parents and enjoy a meal with our kids.”

More than 600 people enjoyed the day
More than 600 people enjoyed the day
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