BOXING legend Frank Bruno proved a big hit with the crowd at the Multicultural Funday, which was held at Oasis Academy Wintringham on Sunday 23rd August.
The former WBC World Heavyweight Champion was the main event at the event that was organised by Communities Together, in conjunction with YMCA Humber, Grimsby Town Sports and Education Trust (GTSET) and the North East Lincolnshire Chinese Community and attracted over 2,000 people to Grimsby.
Bruno spent over two hours posing for pictures and signing autographs for a bevy of adoring fans, many of whom remembered the Londoner’s glory days in the squared circle.
He said: “We’ve all got friends and family and we all want more peace, less war and more days like today.
“Cultures should come together more often and everyone here is enjoying themselves.
“I’m loving it, being able to meet people who have been to some of my fights is nice.”
Volunteers from several community groups and local charities came together to put the event on, showcasing cultural food, traditions and activities from Chinese, Christian and Islamic communities.
Demonstrations on the day included Asian cooking, Bollywood dancing, belly dancing and Carrom boards. There was also a football tournament run by GTSET, a fairground and the popular high wires.
YMCA Humber ran their first Community Consultation on the day and Senior Community Organiser Penny Thompson was delighted at the initial response.
She said: “We had over 150 people of all ages, from different communities across the county come to us and highlighted problems in their area and how they think those problems should be addressed.
“It was a fantastic response for our first YMCA community consultation and we will be running similar sessions in the future.”
Jill Wilson, Project Manager for Communities Together was one of the main organisers of the event.
She added: “We want to show that our cultures have lots of differences but also lots of similarities too and there is nothing to be fearful of.
“Events like this give everyone an opportunity to come along and enjoy food, music and activities from different cultures.”
Wayne Hanson, 40, from Grimsby attended the event along with wife Mel and daughter Lucy and they spoke about how much they enjoyed their day.
He said: “It was a really fun event and a good day all round.
“We enjoyed watching the dance demonstrations and people on the high wires and some of the food on offer was really delicious.”
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Pictuered above: Communities Together committee members William Wong (left) and Oumar Diop (right) pose with boxing great Frank Bruno