Culture of Iran celebrated at Barkingside tea party
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The sounds, smells, food and dance of Iran was thrust into the spotlight at an event aiming to showcase a “unique” corner of the world.
The Persian Tea Party on Sunday included artwork and sweet treats – and even a spot of belly dancing.
It was organised by Iranian-born Peggy Casale, of Newbury Park, who wanted to dispel some myths and flaunt the culture of the country.
“I wanted to let people know Persians are a unique people,” said Peggy. “I wanted people to recognise Persians as Persians, and Iran as being a country with lots of culture.
“It’s a country with wonderful, warm people and I wanted people to see that.
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She added: “Most people don’t know what Iranians are like.”
A raffle was held with Persian artwork on offer for those invited to the tea party at Powerleague Fairlop, Forest Road, Barkingside.
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Money raised helped to fund the party.
As well as entertainment from a belly dancer and a display of Persian artwork, a video showcasing Iran’s beauty was played.
The event was attended by a Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Felicity Banks and a number of previous borough mayors. Ilford North MP, Lee Scott, leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Keith Prince and, Pearly Queen of Redbridge, Peggy Oliver, also attended.
Organiser Peggy said: “I would like to thank them all for coming. It was a fantastic afternoon and everyone really enjoyed it.”