Roses and cake at community event to counter EDL’s message of hatred

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Love was in the air at a community event designed to promote peace, harmony and diversity as the EDL marched through Preston.

The One Community event, organised by Preston and South Ribble Trades Council and United Against Fascism, aims to counter the EDL’s message of hatred.

It featured calliagraphy classes, entertainment, cake and balloons.

Organisers also handed out red roses with messages of peace and love.

Chris Lomax, president of Preston and South Ribble Trades Council, said: “We’re loving it, it’s One Preston One Community, coming together.

“It’s so good we’re going to organise more of them when the EDL isn’t in town.

“People have said no to hate, that’s what we’re all about.”

Ismail Timol, a representative of the Muslim community, said: “Despite the rain, people have shown a tolerant, diverse and multicultural Preston and so many families from the Muslim community have done so much.”

April Dwyer said she was “Proud to be a Prestonian today.”

Benjamin Wareing tweeted: “What a beautiful community to be part of.”