The Muslim community of North East Lincolnshire opened the doors of their Mosque this evening to say thank you for the “overwhelming support” they have received following recent attacks. Around 60 people gathered at the Weelsby Road centre and vowed it was the start of a more united community between all faiths.
Chairman of the Mosque, Diler Gharib, addressed an audience of dignitaries – including the Mayor of North East Lincolnshire Councillor Peggy Elliott and Humberside Police’s Chief Superintendent Tony Forbes – condemning the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby and the recent vandalism and petrol bomb attack on the Mosque.
He said: “Today is a very special day. It is a day of partnership between all community and faiths. It means so much that so many could join us this evening. It shows that we will always be together in the happy and the difficult times.” He also praised the quick actions and ongoing support of officers on the night the Mosque was petrol bombed.
Visitors were treated to a tour of the Mosque and and enjoyed a buffet of food from around the world.
See also “Grimsby arson-hit mosque thanks community with party”, BBC News, 12 June 2013