First Good Neighbours Day in Nelson!

Siraj Imran (8) and Sohal Mohammed (6) don their sumo suits watched by Anne Edwards and Sue Dee at the Good Neighbours day event in Every Street. A100911/2
Siraj Imran (8) and Sohal Mohammed (6) don their sumo suits watched by Anne Edwards and Sue Dee at the Good Neighbours day event in Every Street. A100911/2

PEOPLE from the whole of the community in Nelson got together to mark Good Neighbours Day - in very different ways!

On Saturday, Building Bridges Pendle - for the first time in the history of Nelson - ran the Good Neighbours Day initiative and a community event took place in every ward in Nelson.

The aim of each event was to get as many people as possible to get creative and do something with their neighbours in an act of community solidarity.

In true neighbourhood spirit, residents, councillors and community groups came together with a belief our communities can be a better place through people working together with optimism, goodwill and friendship.

Events that took place ranged from street clean-ups and social events to a street party that brought together 200 people!

Most events entailed food and drink, bouncy castles, games, junior sumo-wrestling, facepainting and henna painting. Many residents also contributed by bringing food to share.

Dr Ikram Malik, chairman of BBP, said: “We believe in taking our commitment to support the development of positive communities into the very heart of neighbourhoods; the Good Neighbours Day initiative was successful in achieving this.

“We aim to run it again next year across the whole of Pendle and promote a greater level of understanding and respect among people in Pendle.”

Mr Anthony Leo, a BBP committee member, said: “We must acknowledge a true partnership effort that allowed for a number events to take place at the same time.

“Thanks must go to Pendle Council, Nelson Town Council, councillors, Whitefield Youth Association, Pendle Community Network, St Philip’s Grassroots Centre, Pendle Women’s Forum, Cloverhill Residents’ Action Group, Southfield Area Residents’ Association and over 30 volunteers”.

Mr Harry Taylor, a resident in Whitefield, said: “I was pleased to see the number of young people taking part - being a resident in Whitefield since 1953, I have never taken part in such an event!” And volunteer Tahera Rehman added: “We also carried fund-raising for Shaylee Houghton, a local young girl suffering from a rare form of cancer, and collected £103 for her.”