On Thursday 12th August 2021, Family Voice Peterborough invited members and leaders of community groups to come together with the Mayor of Peterborough at the Orton Goldhay Community Centre.
The centre's outdoor area was buzzing as guests from all walks of life mingled in the sunshine. Mayor Stephen Lane arrived at the centre and was greeted by many smiling faces. With him was the lovely Mayoress Margaret and the honourable Deputy Mayor Mohammed Jamil.
After some time to meet and mix, guests were seated and Family Voice's own Community Development worker Ousman Gaye and Chairperson Mandi Rennie hosted a welcoming introduction.
Nothing brings people together like good music; guests witnessed the talents of High Heritage charity's young duo on the guitar and violin. The pair delivered a charming performance of the National Anthem, followed by a tribute to Bob Marley.
Next up was a beautiful vocal display from members of Peterborough's Lithuanian Community, who sang together in their enchanting home language.
Following the musical entertainments, representatives from each community, charity and organisation were given an opportunity to stand and introduce themselves to the Mayor and guests.
An enlightening string of short speeches were delivered, creating deeper understandings and important connections between members and highlighting the good work taking place across Peterborough.
When their turn came, leaders of the Bharat Hindu Samaj Community greeted Mr Mayor with honour by presenting him with a traditional Hindu garland, which he wore cheerfully for the remainder of the event.
As one of the Mayor's chosen charities, Family Voice held a tombola and raffle full of exciting prizes to raise money for the Peterborough Mayor's Charity Fund. Some of the items were generously donated by Tesco's local branch in Hampton. Family Voice is grateful to all who took part - together we have raised £120 for excellent local causes!