The Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester’s annual picnic has been on hold throughout the pandemic but returned with vigour on 1st August. Approximately 25 people from both communities attended the event, which took place at St Mary’s Park, under cloudy skies. Forum treasurer David Lewis had set up his gazebo as a precaution against rain, but thankfully it wasn’t needed.
The picnic was attended by Muslims, Jews and Christians from all over Greater Manchester, with one person coming from as far as Durham. The participants included people with ages ranging from five months to 77 years. The five-month-old Esther became the youngest ever attendee at a Muslim Jewish Forum picnic. Tahara Amin, the forum’s secretary, said: “This was the first in-person event for the forum, for my husband, and for myself since the coronavirus pandemic started. It was so nice to see people in-person at such an enjoyable and well attended event, even if, for health reasons, we were not able to share food as we normally would at our annual forum picnics.”