MORE than 300 visitors attended a harvest festival hosted by the Bangladeshi Association of Hastings and Rother (BAHR).
Highlights at the event, at Concordia Hall, St Leonards, included award ceremonies to recognise the dedication of volunteer teachers for the Bangla Language School.
Local elders were also honoured for their services to the community with Mayor, Cllr Alan Roberts presenting all the trophies. Children from the language school provided entertainment with a stand-up comedy routine, poetry readings, singing and Bengali traditional dances.
Cllr Jeremy Birch, leader of Hastings Borough Council, said: “The Saturday Bengali school was set up to teach the new generation of Bengali children in Hastings about the history, culture and language of Bangladesh. The children who performed at the harvest festival event showed just how much they had learned with a marvellous display of dancing, singing and recitations.”
Sergeant Phil Mears said: “The Bangladeshis are a valuable and respected part of the community. Sussex Police were delighted to be able to support this happy occasion.”
Oliur Rahman, secretary of BAHR, said: “All in all the day was a great success and the committee and members are grateful for the support of Hastings Borough Council, Hastings Lions Club and Asha Foods UK Ltd, as well as Sussex Police for their sponsorship of the event.”