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Bangla Awaz, South Shields

An afternoon of family fun

What a busy and fun packed day I’ve had, up at 5:00 am, in Sunderland before 7:00 am, back in South Shields by 8:30 am, a quick look at the papers, a few blog posts, a couple of letters written, some light shopping in South Shields then home for lunch. The afternoon started with a little family visiting, then a trip to the North Marine Park, then just enough time to squeeze in the family fun day organised by Lalon Amin for Bangla Awaz at Ocean Road Community Centre, then help the kids spend their pocket money (wisely) before getting home to process the day’s pictures, phew!

Bangla Awaz was set up by Lalon in 2004 because he is passionate about raising the profile of and giving a voice to the Bangladeshi Community in South Shields, the aims of Bangla Awaz are to:

  • promote awareness and understanding of Bangladeshi culture;
  • provide social, recreational and leisure activities for members;
  • provide educational and training opportunities for members;
  • improve community spirit in the Area;
  • improve the quality of life of members;
  • promote healthy living and improve community safety in the Area;
  • improve relationships between young and older residents of the Area;
  • encourage members to contribute their views into local decision making processes;
  • improve members’ access to voluntary and statutory services;
  • to do all of the above in a spirit of friendship, co-operation and mutual respect.

The Bengali population amounts to around 1200 here, having started to settle in South Shields during the 1950s, a high proportion of their numbers are under 16 years of age and their families contribute greatly to the economic development of the town particularly in the catering and leisure sector. They are a great bunch too, and I’d like to thank Lalon Amin for extending such a warm invitation to me to come and join them in their afternoon packed with family fun. Apart from the fun and games Lalon was making a film of the event in order that those outside the gathering can have a chance to see some of their activities, unfortunately I couldn’t spend as much time as I would have liked at the Community Centre and missed the food (although those who have witnessed the size of my stomach might suggest that I can’t have missed it that much!)

The Mayor and Mayoress Cllr. John and Mrs. Chris Anglin were there to help launch the event, as well as one or two other members of the local Labour Party, I was a little disappointed that the Independent councillor for the Beacon and Bents ward couldn’t make it, I was looking forward to a little chat about his future intentions, but I can understand how busy he is at present. All in all it was a good afternoon, and if you would like to learn a little more about Bangla Awaz or help out in any of their activities or services then have a look at their website or if you use Twitter follow @LalonAmin to keep up to date.

Click picture to enlarge, and check South Shields Daily Photo tomorrow for another look at the event.

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Written by curly

May 31, 2009 at 8:40 pm

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