Standing up to racism

High Peak Stand Up to Racism will be marking United Nations Anti-Racism Day on Saturday in Glossop's Norfolk Square.

They are inviting supporters and members of the public to have their photograph taken in front of the group’s new banner which declares ‘High Peak Welcomes Diversity’. 

The pictures will then be shared on social media and on Derbyshire Stand Up to Racism’s new website, which also launches on Saturday.

“Because of the current Covid rules we cannot gather as we would normally do on this day of worldwide action,” said the High Peak group’s chair Gwyneth Francis.  

“So we have come up with a way to show our solidarity and give the people of Glossop a chance to take part whilst staying totally safe.” 

The banner will be in Norfolk Square between 11am and noon. There will also be a similar banner in New Mills at the same time.

The group has also used the occasion of UN Anti-Racism Day to invite all schools in the constituency to participate in a project. Pupils are invited to draw or paint a picture, or to write a poem on the theme of ‘Diversity is Beautiful’.

Members hope that many schools will encourage their pupils to think about how people are different in many ways, but everyone deserves respect and friendship.

High Peak SUTR will be launching an initiative next month with the support of the borough council to welcome diversity throughout the constituency. 

Cafes, pubs, restaurants, shops and other businesses will be offered a sticker to display in their window, with the words ‘High Peak Welcomes Diversity.’ 

Main image:

SPREADING THE MESSAGE: Sisters Mollie and Bessie and their dog, who all live in New Mills.

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