LETTER: Vibrant town

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Aren’t people wonderful. What with volunteers giving TLC to the Memorial Gardens – for which I say a HUGE thank you – to people of all races getting together to form the Crawley Campaign Against Racism, which has just celebrated its 40th anniversary. Congratulations.

This is an amazing group founded by a young man in hospital who was determined to encourage people to realise that we all belong to one family – the family of man. The group has grown and flourished over the years.

The one thing that has always made me proud to live in Crawley, is the way we all get on together regardless of whether we were born here, or moved here from another country or area. It is this cohesion that makes Crawley unique. On Saturday, I attended the celebration concert at the Hawth. It was fantastic! Such talent among so many groups.

There was an Ukrainian dance group, a Pound Hill ballroom dancing group, a reggae group from Thomas Bennett, an amazing magician, a fantastic Indian dancer to name but a few. Even Cllr Mullins entertained us! I must say a huge thank you to those who worked so hard to put this together. It was said that the committee often worked into the early hours of the morning. Thank you and thank you to all those who entertained us. You were all fantastic.

Thank you also to the Hawth for hosting it. Could we please have such a concert every year? Flags of all the nations such as Brazil, Gambia, South Africa, Spain, Poland, France etc. were paraded onto the stage, including the different flags representing the countries that make up the UK ( not including Northern Ireland, although Eire was represented). Even the St George’s Cross was included; although sadly it was referred to as ‘The UK flag’ which of course it is not. Sorry to be so negative whilst waxing poetic about this fantastic organisation, but it does appear that for all the unity amongst the different cultures, people are afraid to say the word ‘English’. What a pity.

Negativity aside, I still need to praise this organisation and encourage everyone to support it.

I shall wear my CCAR badge with pride.

Thank you CCAR.

Here’s to the next 40 years. What will Crawley be like then? I predict - a prosperous multi- cultural, multi-national vibrant town where everyone gets on together and race is definitely not an issue.

Brenda Burgess

Crawley Borough Council (Con, Three Bridges)

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