Thousands to flock to Eid celebrations

THOUSANDS of Muslims will flock to Valentines Park, Ilford, to mark the end of Ramadan.

The Eid In the Park open-air ceremony will begin tomorrow at 8.30am.

Eid-Ul-Fitr, which begins with the sighting of the new moon, draws to a close the month long fasting period of Ramadan.

As well as prayer, the event will include exhibitions on Islam, presentations by invited guests, including community and faith leaders, and fundraising for victims of the Pakistan flood disaster.

It is the second year the event has been organised by the Redbridge Community Forum (RCF) and the Redbridge Islamic Centre (RIC).

Last year around 6,000 people took part.

Zac Hussain, event organiser for RCF said: “We are delighted to offer this unique event to the local community, the second Eid in the Park, celebrating this joyous day.”

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Abul Khayar Ali, chairman of RIC said: “With the support of local people we expect to have yet another successful Eid in the Park and request everyone attending to either walk or take public transport to the venue to minimise any disruption to the local area.”