The recent Ravensdale Rocks community concert at the Samworth Church Academy has been hailed as a success.
Around 80 people attended and saw a variety of acts took to the stage with performances based around the theme of acceptance and celebration of difference in our community.
There was a particular focus on respect for others and intolerance of bullying and hate crime.
The event included performances from the Mansfield Community Gospel Choir, students from the Samworth Church Academy and students from Brunts Academy. Talented local young singers captivated the room, with stunning performances by Sam Jones (pictured), Ellie Mae Keegan and Kofi Dennis, as well as Mansfield band Deeper than Forever. Romany Gypsy, Danniel Bennett recited poems that he had written about his experiences and there was a shadow theatre performance by a group of young Polish performers.
The concert was introduced by Holocaust Centre CEO Phil Lyons and Mansfield Youth Mayor, Danielle Bridges. The event was compered by glamourous drag queen, Dolly May.
Ravensdale Rocks was arranged by the Mansfield In Our Hands Community Stakeholder Group which has been brought together by Mansfield CVS in conjunction with the National Holocaust Museum in Laxton. The aim of the group is to use Holocaust education to help reduce hate crime, discrimination and negative perceptions in local communities.
In a moving performance, compere Dolly May removed her wig and spoke to the audience as Wayne about the issues and intolerance he had faced in his life.
He said that although he had faced hate from some people, the Mansfield community had largely supported him and had become his family.
He then sang Lean on Me with the gospel choir. This was a fitting way to end a concert that’s aim was to tackle issues of hate, and celebrate the diversity and community spirit that exists in areas like Ravensdale.