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Ravensdale rocks to tackle hate crime

Posted onPosted on 21st Nov
Ravensdale rocks to tackle hate crime

Around 80 people attended the Ravensdale Rocks community concert that tackled hate crimes and celebrated diversity.

The event at the Samworth Church Academy, Mansfield, focused on respect for others, intolerance of bullying and hate crime, and a celebration of the diversity and community spirit that exists in areas like Ravensdale.

It included performances from the Mansfield Community Gospel Choir and students from Samworth and Brunts Academy.

Young singers Sam Jones, Ellie Mae Keegan and Kofi Dennis, as well as Mansfield band Deeper Than Forever, took to the stage. Romany Gypsy, Danniel Bennett, recited poems he wrote about his experiences and there was a shadow theatre performance by young Polish performers.

The concert was introduced by the chief executive of The Holocaust Centre near Laxton, Phil Lyons, and Mansfield youth mayor Danielle Bridges. It was compered by drag queen Dolly May.

Ravensdale Rocks was arranged by Mansfield In Our Hands community stakeholder group, which was set up by Mansfield Community and Voluntary Service (CVS) in conjunction with the holocaust centre.

The group aims to use holocaust education to help reduce hate crime, discrimination and negative perceptions in communities.

In a moving performance, compere Dolly May removed her wig and spoke as Wayne about the issues and intolerance he faced.

He said although he faced hate from some people, the Mansfield community had largely supported him and had become his family.