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Interfaith fun

03 October 2014

FOR the eighth time, St Augustine's, Tooting, in Southwark diocese, got together with the Muslim school Gatton Voluntary Aided Primary, and the Balham and Tooting Community Association, for their annual Community Fun Day.

Broadwater Road was thronging with the diverse crowds always to be found in this part of south London. Children had a specially exciting time, and flocked to attractions such the animals from Kingston City Farm, the giant slide, and the fire engine, as well as the fairground rides, sideshows, and bouncy castle. A clown, Silly Millie, entertained the younger children.

Many voluntary groups and public services displayed their work for the community, and, I'm told, the international food was irresistible: queues formed for the home-cooked Arab, Somali, Indo-Pakistani, and Afro-Caribbean food and barbecue.

"Once again, I was hugely proud to be part of the Fun Day," Sadiq Khan, the MP for Tooting, said. "It has become one of the highlights of my year. . . With Islamic ethos, Gatton Primary School coming together with St Augustine's Church to put on a brilliant event, we send a strong signal that we are tolerant and respectful of each other, whilst raising money for our local hospital, St George's, Tooting.

"I met someone today - she'd lived in Tooting all her life; she's a Muslim. She said it was the first time she had been in a church. That's thanks to this event opening doors."

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