Friday, July 14, 2006

A memorable evening last night at the Town Hall as I and other colleagues attended the annual "One Greenwich" memorial event held to commemorate the lives of three teenagers, Rolan Adams, Rohit Duggal and Stephen Lawrence, who were all murdered in racist attacks in the Borough. The event celebrates Greenwich's diverse communities and is a public show of commitment to the continuing fight against racism in our communities.

We were treated to excellent performances from a gospel choir, singers from Greenwich schools, and a youth street dance performance. The Keynote speaker was Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti, who gave an excellent speech reflecting on her optimism for community cohesion despite the tensions from anti-terror operations and the aftermath of 7/7. As Civic occasions go, this was undoubtedly the most enjoyable, interesting and moving I can remember attending in my time on the Council. It even ran to time! Planners of next year's Mayoral Inauguration take note...

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