Council plays its part in United Birmingham

By on 14/08/2011 in News

United Birmingham successfully organised a peace event at Summerfield Park this afternoon (August 14), which was open to all-comers and supported by faith and community organisations.

Birmingham City Council lent its support to by helping assist the planners of the community-led event in partnership with other key agencies.

With little more than 36 hours' notice to prepare for the community-led event, which attracted thousands of visitors, the council worked with other organisations including West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire and Ambulance Services to ensure things ran smoothly.

The event - fully backed by all faith and community groups - was staged under the banner of “One city, one voice for peace”.

Lord Mayor Cllr Anita Ward addressed those gathered in her capacity as Birmingham’s first citizen, while cross-party political support was offered with representatives from each addressing to those who attended. Council Leader Cllr Mike Whitby (Con), Council Deputy Leader Cllr Paul Tilsley (Lib Dem) and Cllr Yvonne Mosquito (on behalf of Labour group leader Cllr Sir Albert were those in attendance for the council’s three largest groups.

The council's events team provided a team of 20 stewards to help manage the traffic restrictions and support any requirements within the park on an “as needed” basis.

And in a further demonstration of the strong community spirit, six doctors from the local community offered to work at the event alongside a team of 20 paramedics, four nurses and two other doctors, co-ordinated by St John Ambulance, to provide the cover needed for an event of the size which had been planned.

Cllr Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “After some of the terrible scenes witnessed over the last week, this was a great opportunity to show how United Birmingham is.

“I would like to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication shown by all of those involved with the planning of this event - there hasn't been much time to get ready, but by standing shoulder to shoulder, we are showing the world what the real Birmingham is all about.

“Our communities have a great track record in working with organisations such as the council and emergency services to put on big events. We did it with the Papal Visit last year, Birmingham Carnival only last weekend and of course the England v India Test Match at Edgbaston, which attracted 100,000 fans peacefully over four days of action.

“This event is a celebration of peace, and everything that is right about Birmingham and the country as a whole.”

ENDS

For more information contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

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