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Drumming out a call for world peace at the Forum in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 09:37 30 June 2011 | UPDATED: 09:37 30 June 2011

Peace camp at the Forum. Eshetu Wondimagegne from Norfolk African Community Association flying the peace flag.; PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Peace camp at the Forum. Eshetu Wondimagegne from Norfolk African Community Association flying the peace flag.; PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

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Hundreds of people flocked to the Forum on Saturday to celebrate Norwich Peace Camp.

More than 30 local organisations and charities exhibited, including Quakers for Peace, the Palestine Society and the Japanese Society.

The event, which campaigns for peace and to stop war, was opened by the Lord Mayor of Norwich, councillor Jenny Lay.

Among the exhibitors was Stepping Stones, an organisation based on Upper Goat Lane which provides support and training for young adults with learning.

The manager of Stepping Stones, Angie Cossey, said: “We are a charity and we teach literacy and numeracy.

“We also have a kitchen where we make cakes and a green fingers allotment where the students grow vegetables.

“We want to show people what can be achieved through young people being given a chance.”

Plants and cakes produced by the students were available on the day.

Norwich Mind inclusion project, which supports black and minority ethnic communities, also exhibited in the Forum.

Inclusion project worker Alex Sheppard said: “We work closely with ethnic communities. We provide events such as the festival of culture.

“The aim of the project is to support people from different backgrounds and counselling is one of the services we offer.”

The project also provides workshops and training to help people gain employment.

A collection of anti-war art by Chris Holden, who has exhibited at the Tate, was on display.

Cyclists braved the rain for the peace cycle, which saw them travel to the peace memorial in Chapelfield Gardens and then around the city.

The day also included drumming for peace, wreath making, a human library and gardening for children.

Have you got a story for Local Life? Call editor David Freezer on 01603 772418 or email david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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