An event arranged to celebrate the diversity in our town was a huge success, according to the mayoress of Elstree & Borehamwood.

Martine Eni hosted a weekend as part of Black History Month at Fairway Hall in Borehamwood on October 20 and 21.

Those who attended were entertained with a concert and special talks by invited guests, as well as lunch and many familiar faces from Elstree and Borehamwood turned up.

Leaders from different faiths attended including four rabbis, two vicars, and a priest, while Cllrs Newmark, Clapper, and Eni were among the attendees too alongside council leader Morris Bright.

Mrs Eni said: “It was a fantastic event and I want to say thank you to all of the volunteers. We welcomed members of all faiths and people. We wanted to use the weekend as well to raise awareness and find solutions to solve any problems.

“We had a man who has cerebral palsy. He was in his wheelchair and he told us he had never received such a welcome as he did at Fairway Hall. Diversity is in all ways; not just colour and skin."

Rabbi Michael Zimmer said: "It is very special to see how many committed people there were this morning to benefit the community."

Author Franca B Lawrence added: "What stood out for me was the spirit of togetherness. Diverse cultures and various ethnicity working together to showcase a truly inclusive festival. We laughed toegther, danced together, and ate together. It was beautiful."