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H&F community comes together to celebrate our unity

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Image captionImage 1: Unity Day 2017 march

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Residents marched to celebrate the many different communities who make up H&F as the streets reverberated with the sounds of drums, chants and whistles.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s second Unity Day began with a march from Shepherds Bush Green to Ravenscourt Park on Sunday, followed by speeches, music, dance and other entertainment.

Watch a clip of children playing in rhinoceros masks

The event took on extra significance this year, bringing people together after the recent terror attacks. H&F Council Leader Stephen Cowan led a minute’s silence for the victims of the attacks in Manchester and London Bridge.

“Whether it’s being against people because of what they look like, their race, their disability, their gender – we stand against it,” said H&F Council Leader Stephen Cowan.

“We believe that by working together, by celebrating each other’s differences, by sharing love, by being one as a community, then we share a message of hope not just for now but for the future.”

Speakers included Lord Alf Dubs who campaigns to aid child refugees, as well as Wiktor Moszczynski of the Polish Social and Cultural Association, Tara Flood, chair of the Disabled People’s Commission and H&F Youth Mayor Hiba Al Moosawi.

The entertainment was organised by H&F ArtsFest, the event being the latest in the charity’s programme which ran from 3-11 June.

Watch Lord Alf Dubs’ speech

Watch a Unity Day entertainment clip