Celebrating world of culture and cuisine

The St Joseph's School Polish choir at Todmorden High School's Cultural Fusion evening, April 2011
The St Joseph's School Polish choir at Todmorden High School's Cultural Fusion evening, April 2011

SINGERS, dancers and actors took to the stage to celebrate cultural diversity.

Choirs from local primary schools, dance groups and musicians gave performances from around the world during the Cultural Fusion event at Todmorden High School.

John Botterill, deputy headteacher at the high school, said it was a massive success.

“It’s a great way to celebrate the inclusivity of our town and to show how we welcome and celebrate diversity,” he said.

The evening featured music from the Polish choir at St Joseph’s School, Todmorden, the Castle Hill Spanish Singers, the Ferney Lee School signing choir and a French choir.

The Hebden Bridge based Hill Millies performed Morris dancing routines and members of the Dawn Chapman School of Dance took to the stage.

Todmorden-based musician Daniel Bath entertained the audience with songs from Pakistan.

Ferney Lee School pupils told stories and children from Shade School gave a Chinese-themed performance.

There was also a piece of drama from Todmorden High School sixth formers titled “An English Night Out”.

Mayor of Todmorden Coun Margareta Holmstedt gave a speech about how learning a new language enriches thinking and culture.

During the interval, the audience and performers tucked into a range of fusion food.

Mr Botterill thanked everybody who contributed to the event.

He also thanked Gordon Rigg Garden Centre, Grandma Pollard’s chip shop and The Vedas restaurant for supporting the event and donating raffle prizes.