Huddersfield Town of Sanctuary Second Annual INTERNATIONAL CEILIDH.
The 2nd International Ceilidh, held at Greenhead College on Saturday, was organised by members of Huddersfield Town of Sanctuary support group, which is part of the national City of Sanctuary movement. The ceilidh was another opportunity to celebrate the vibrant diversity of Huddersfield. It came at the beginning of the national Refugee Week and was part of a host of activities happening across the country.
Huddersfield is the first town of sanctuary in the UK, and is part of the national City of Sanctuary network. This dynamic local movement is building on the long tradition in Huddersfield of welcoming, supporting and befriending people from different countries and backgrounds.
The dancing was opened by the Mayor of Kirklees, David Ridgway and was led by the All Stars International Ceilidh Band. The Mayor commented on all the hard work done by volunteers in organisations such as this. Local folk rock band Aelfen, which included two past students from Greenhead College, also played. The Abatimbo Burundi drummers provided an exuberant and exciting climax to the event.
Adam Strickson, Co-Chair of Huddersfield Town of Sanctuary said, ‘This was an amazing gathering of people from around Huddersfield who came together to share music, food and friendship.’