Despite the rain, the festival was a success on Sunday. Councillor Mohammed Javed and his lovely family, accompanied by Councillor David Rose introduced me to stall holders and members of the community in the marquee – and we ran into Barry Coppinger, Police and Crime Commissioner, at the entrance so he joined us too. There were Asian stalls of lovely food, some great clothes and jewellery in particular caught my eye but also stalls some from the voluntary and independent sectors. I was called over to a cake stall by an old school friend and we had a good catch up.
I also took the opportunity to join Friends of Ropner Park who were hosting the event in conjunction with the Community Welfare Trust. My Grandfather and Great Grandfather, plus two Great Uncles were Park Gardeners so I am a big supporter of our public parks and Ropner has the best floral display of any I have seen anywhere.
Outside three of my friends, Tony, Anne and Sam were showing off their unicycle skills and encouraging people to have a try but I suspect the rain probably stopped them from having a great response. What a shame!
I was invited to have a henna tattoo, a mehndi, on my hand with the proceeds going to Gaza. I have never had one before so it was fascinating watching the women at work, such intricate detail, they are very talented. Having looked online it will last up to four weeks so will be a great reminder of a happy afternoon in great company.