Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Interfaith Cricket Match and Family Fun Day

Faith groups from Newcastle and Tyneside came together at Percy Main Cricket Club on Bank Holiday Monday, 31st August, for an interfaith Cricket Match and Family Fun Day.

Mixed-faith teams took part in a 15-over cricket match at Percy Main’s popular club while other entertainments and attractions included beautiful Bollywood-style dancing displays by the Hindu Nari Sangh Bollywood SandDancers and exciting Gatka traditional martial art demonstrations by the Sikh community.

Vegetarian food including pakoras and samosas were offered and a selection of other stalls with home-made or home grown produce were available.

The rain held off for most of the day and the colourful vibrant displays, dancing, children's entertainment and friendly and welcoming atmosphere meant everyone enjoyed a really lovely day appreciating each other's company, and celebrating the close and warm relationships between the different faith communities.

Religious Leaders and members from different Faith Communities across Newcastle and Tyneside took part including Rt. Rev. Frank White, Assistant Bishop of Newcastle, Rabbi Aaron Lipsey, United Hebrew Congregation, and Bishop Seamus, Chair of the Newcastle Council of Faiths. Civic representatives included Councillor Gary Bell, Chair of North Tyneside Council, and Dr. Shobha Srivastava founder of Hindu Nari Sangh (Hindu Women's Association).