Standing together against racism

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Schoolchildren have been getting in tune to show their commitment to tackling racism.

Almost 100 youngsters came together to form the Standing Together Against Racism Choir for a performance at 53 Degrees in Preston.

Ashton High School and Fulwood Academy pupils rehearsing for their concert for Stand Together Against Racism

Ashton High School and Fulwood Academy pupils rehearsing for their concert for Stand Together Against Racism

The event was to mark the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

And the children were really hitting the high notes in a day of rehearsals at Fulwood Academy.

The children from Fulwood Academy, Ashton Community Science College and singers from the Lancashire Youth Vocal Ensemble were joined by local dance and drama groups for the concert.

A second event was held at Preston Flag Market when a range of groups came together to celebrate the city’s cultural life with music and performances.

“We are extremely proud of our local schools and young people and I’m personally delighted when they take to the stage to convey a strong message of peace and integration,” said Makhlisur Rahman, chairman of the Preston and Western Lancashire Racial Equality and Diversity Council.