African drums as Sunderland celebrates a world of cultures

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A WORLD of fun was had as Sunderland celebrated the cultures of its global community.

Visitors to the city’s Museum and Winter Gardens were able to listen to the sounds of African drummers and watch the tying of African headdresses.

One World Party at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens - African Drummers Manfred and Abraham, with four year old Olivia Chase

One World Party at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens - African Drummers Manfred and Abraham, with four year old Olivia Chase

The One World Party, staged on Saturday, also included a Fairtrade market and the chance to try South American, Caribbean and Indian food.

Activities for children included art workshops, a Fairtrade trail around the Winter Gardens, and the opportunity to try on mini-turbans.

Karen Hetherington, chairman of Sunderland Fairtrade Partnership, said: “We decided to broaden the theme this year to enable local community groups to get involved.

“We are delighted by the willingness of many groups to take part. The extra activities this year really added to the atmosphere, and made it a great day out for everyone.”

Sunderland City Council cabinet secretary Coun Mel Speding said the local authority was proud to support the event.

Coun Speding added: “Fairtrade makes a difference to farmers in developing countries.

“By choosing Fairtrade products, we are enabling people to make their own way in life so that they are not dependent on charity.”

•Anyone wanting to know more about Fairtrade in Sunderland should contact the partnership on 561 1163 or visit its website at www.sunderlandpartnership.org.uk.