There are almost thirty five years to give thanks for. It was inspired in our churches and community organisations as a result of perhaps the last two thousand years of our history here.
When did people of different backgrounds and faiths first come to Britain?
The story begins at least 1300 years ago, when we were invaded from northern Europe; since then traders have arrived in our ports, with some staying and settling. During the twentieth century Chinese communities arrived providing for our retail food needs. There were others from the Commonwealth with the right to settle; for example, from Pakistan (1950s some to work in textiles, some in transport and the health service as a result of the Government Minister Enoch Powell’s invitation) and Uganda (1980s as a result of the terror of President Idi Amin). In the late 1990’s centres such as the West End Refugee Service were opened in Newcastle upon Tyne to provide care and support for those looking for asylum – this work is continuing today. more >