Culture of Iran celebrated at Barkingside tea party
PUBLISHED: 12:03 01 November 2013 | UPDATED: 12:14 01 November 2013
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.
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.
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.”
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