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13 December 2010, 00:00
Following protests in the city on Saturday, school children, community groups and religious leaders gathered on Cathedral Green last night to celebrate the diversity of Peterborough.
Around two hundred people attended the special event lead by Father David Jennings from All Souls Church. It followed protests on Saturday by the English Defence League (who say they are 'against the Islamification of Britain') and Trades Union Council (who say they are 'pro-multiculturalism').
There were songs, readings and a pledge of tolerance from residents and representatives from churches, mosques and other centres of worship. Schools and community groups also joined the celebration and lit a candle with the printed statement 'One Community, One Voice'.
Father David said:
"Peterborough is notable for the admirable way people live in harmony and the city enjoys excellent community cohesion."
"Our residents come from many different nationalities and backgrounds and we have a high regard for each others cultures and beliefs."
"These events are an opportunity for ordinary citizens to show that we stand together against all who seek to divide our communities and sow seeds of distrust."
About a thousand people marched with the EDL on Saturday while around two hundred attended the counter-demonstration by the Trades Union Council. Ten people were arrested, one of them was a 24 year old man from Peterborough. He's been charged with affray and released on police bail.