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Feb 03 2014

Mayoress’ Family Fun Night a Success

random_space_fillerA hastily arranged community event which took place last Saturday at Harrow Civic Centre, was judged a success by participants and organisers.

When an event booked in the Members Lounge was cancelled, Harrow Mayoress Awula Serwah stepped in at the last moment to organise a Family Fun Evening with the aim of bringing together an inter-generational audience to help fundraise for the Mayor’s charities, Flash Musicals and Harrow Community Choir.

There was something to engage each section of the audience, which ranged from children to OAPs. Local author Naa Korkoi Abotchi’s story-telling and Kai’s Sankofa Box handicraft workshop involved the children. The Mayoress conducted a word game and history consultant Kwaku’s ‘Random History Quiz’ covered a wide breadth of subjects, which provided fun and knowledge for the inter-generational audience. The food, which included a cake baked by Abotchi’s young daughter Adubea, was enjoyed by all.

The audience, which included councilors and prospective councilors from the main political parties, was drawn from diverse communities from Africa, Asia, and the British Isles, including Welshman Alderman Keith Toms, who told a story linked to ‘It’s A Long Way To Tipperary’, before leading the audience in singing the famous World War I song.

Stall holders included Kate Iffy Chukwu, who sold copies of her children’s book ‘A Week Of Tortoise Tales’, and Nana’s Organic Remedies, who donated proceeds from providing massages.

“It was great to rediscover the beauty of meeting across generations and sharing time together,” said Harrow Mayor Cllr Nana Asante of the event, which raised just over £200 for her charities, Flash Musicals and Harrow Community Choir.

“It was good to have an inter-generational event, where different sections of the community could have a lovely time in one space, with something for everyone,” added the Mayoress, who will be leading on the next Xtra History & Reasoning Session event in the Mayor’s Parlour. The topic of her presentation on Feb. 10 is ‘African Voices: Taking Strength From Global African Quotations’. For more details or to book: www.XtraHistory.eventbrite.com.

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