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Eid Celebrations In Rusholme

Thousands of people will visit the Rusholme area to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr next week

Published on August 26th 2011.


Eid Celebrations In Rusholme

EID celebrations will begin next week. Thousands of people will be visiting Rusholme from Monday August 29 to Wednesday August 31 to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr and commemorate the end of Ramadan and the month long fast.

There will be a police presence for everyday of the festivities in Rusholme and along Manchester's famous curry mile to ensure public safety and minimise traffic disruptions.

Wilmslow Road is expected to experience the worst of traffic congestion and as result no parking will be permitted along the road between the following times:

9pm, Monday 29 August – 6am, Tuesday 30 August
9pm, Tuesday 30 August – 6am, Wednesday 31 August
9pm, Wednesday 31 August – 6am, Thursday 01 September

Car parks are located behind the Shere Khan restaurant (off Walmer Street), on Thurloe Street and Hathersage Road.

GMP has been working with the Manchester Muslim community, the Rusholme Traders Association, the Council of Mosques and Manchester City Council to help events run smoothly.

Detective Chief Inspector John Lyon, said: “We would like to wish everyone celebrating the occasion ‘Eid Mubarak’ and would appeal to those taking part in festivities to do so responsibly and safely. For those youngsters intending on attending can I ask that you come and enjoy yourselves in a peaceful manner in the true spirit of Eid. Those intent on causing problems for the local community are asked to stay away.

”Our patrols will be increased throughout the area and we hope our presence will ensure everyone can enjoy the celebrations safely. Any incidents of crime or antisocial behaviour will be dealt with swiftly so that there is minimal disruption to the community.

“Eid is an important date in the Muslim calendar and we are extremely proud that Rusholme is a focal point for Muslim communities throughout the UK."

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13 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Simon SmithAugust 27th 2011.

Why can't religious groups arrange their celebrations in a place that causes minimal disruption to others?

What about Heaton Park or Platt Fields?

Eid is irrelevant to me and most other people. I recognise that a minority regard it as special and good luck to them and I hope they enjoy their celebrations.

But we shouldn't be blocking roads for religious people when open space alternatives are available.

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AnonymousSeptember 11th 2011.

i find that higly disrespectful

AnonymousSeptember 11th 2011.

so do i

tblzebraAugust 27th 2011.

Wow Simon, should we also therefore ban the Pride parade (LGBT people), the Manchester Day parade (Mancunians), the Sky Ride (cyclists), open-top football celebration parades (soccer fans), the F1 thing on Monday (no-particular-grouping), etc, because not everyone is interested and they all block the roads?

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Simon SmithAugust 28th 2011.

I never mentioned banning anything. But why not have these events in areas where they cause minimal disruption to the majority which has no interest in them?

Roads are needed by everyone all the time, so why not hold minority events in parks?

Eid means nothing to me and most people in Manchester. It is a religious event for people of a certain faith. Why should people of one faith be allowed to block streets which every taxapyer funds?

I think religious events should be held either on private ground or in public space like parks.

That should apply to all religious events of all faiths.

AnonymousAugust 28th 2011.

Well said, 'tblzebra.'

Easter, Christmas, Parinirvana, Passover, Baisakhi and Diwali "mean nothing to me. They are religious events for people of a certain faith." -but then I move on to... Doesn't bother me in the slightest. It is THEIR faith; THEIR lives. Get over yourself Simon Smith. Grumpy old man. Moan moan moan.

Simon SmithAugust 30th 2011.

Anonymous, you sound grumpy by moaning about my attitude! You should welcome my opinion as it increases the diversity of attitudes to the event, and diversity is something we should all celebrate. But not you, obviously.

It makes no sense at all to hold a march, religious or otherwise, on one of the main roads into the city. It should be held on side roads or in a park.

AnonymousSeptember 5th 2011.

Who said anything about a march?! They reported that there will be heavy congestion on the above 3 days.

-Craig Walliams

P.S - You do sound like a grumpy old man though, Simon Smith hah!

AnonymousAugust 27th 2011.

Actually, on reading this carefully it seems that parking is being temporarily suspended so that the expected increase in traffic can be accommodated. Not a road block then.

AnonymousSeptember 5th 2011.

What march?

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